Children and Young People

COSLA comment on changes to the school week

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "All schools are focussed on ensuring that children and young people benefit from a curriculum delivered across the school week.
 
"It is a matter for individual local authorities and schools who after careful consideration will take decisions to make sure that no pupil is disadvantaged in their learning."
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Tue, 20/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on childcare expansion

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This report shows that almost 20,000 children are already accessing increased hours of Early Learning and Childcare.
 
"Since this data was collected earlier this year, Councils have been continuing to implement their delivery plans ensuring that a skilled workforce and high-quality nursery settings are in place locally.
 
"Local authorities will work with local and national partners so that children and their families can benefit from almost double the number of hours of Early Learning and Childcare from August
Article published: 
Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Seeking to establish the cost of introducing entitlement to universal free instrumental music tuition would be extremely challenging. Such a change in policy may lead to increased demand for lessons placing further pressure on Local Authority core budgets -  for recruitment of additional instrumental music tutors, the purchase of additional instruments and capital building costs to provide additional space for more lessons.  

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Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA and Scottish Government sets out blueprint for improving the mental health of children and young people

COSLA and the Scottish Government have jointly published the recommendations of the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce and set out a blueprint for improving the mental health of young people in Scotland.

 

The report has recommended that the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce will now be taken forward by a new programme board - the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board.

 

Article published: 
Thu, 04/07/2019 - 11:01

Scotland’s councils are spending millions tackling holiday hunger

Commenting on the launch of a school holiday provision campaign, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said:

“Scotland’s children need to be able to access good food all year round, and as we enter the summer holidays councils across Scotland are spending millions gearing up to support families on low incomes.

Article published: 
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 18:37

COSLA Responds to Deputy First Minister’s Statement on Education Reform

Responding to the Parliamentary statement on education reform today from the Deputy First Minister, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said:

“COSLA and the wider local government family have worked closely with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to ensure that we deliver an empowered education system that makes certain all children and young people get the most from their time at school.

Article published: 
Tue, 25/06/2019 - 14:58

Free sanitary products for students

Additional £5.5 million funding.  

Pupils and students will continue to receive free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities through increased investment of up to £5.5 million.

Last year Scotland become the first country in the world to provide access to free sanitary products for school pupils, and college and university students.

Article published: 
Fri, 14/06/2019 - 11:18

COSLA comment on future classroom numbers

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Every local authority does detailed roll projection and forward planning linked to local demographic changes.
 
"Council school estate investment plans will reflect the investment to address any capacity challenges subject to available resources."
Article published: 
Wed, 10/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "No local authority takes the issue to charge for any service lightly.
Article published: 
Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Every local authority recognises the value of music education and the contribution it makes to ensuring that children and young people get the very best from their time at school.
 
"We know that Scotland’s Local Authority Instrumental Music Service teach 60,000 pupils each week, a 10% increase on 2003. At the same time Scottish councils face unprecedented financial pressures.
 
"To maintain the service local authorities retain the ability to charge for elements of provision.
Article published: 
Tue, 26/02/2019 - 18:00