Children and Young People

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Each individual local authority will make decisions on instrumental music provision based on local need and circumstance.

"Obviously these individual decisions are taken against a backdrop of a tight financial settlement for local government."

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 16:00

Child burial and cremation fees to end

Agreement will remove financial burden from families

Scottish Government and COSLA have agreed to work together to remove all local authority charges for child burials and cremations.

While most local authorities have already removed their fees, this new commitment - which is supported by Scottish Government funding - will see the removal of their fees consistently and completely across all areas.

Confirming the agreement, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance said:

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 13:00

More than £4 million pounds for educational psychologists

Funding expected to support up to 30 new trainees annually.

Up to 90 educational psychology trainees will benefit from the first three years of a new funding package agreed in partnership between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

It will help with training fees and living costs to encourage more specialists to train and work in Scotland.

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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 23:01

COSLA comment on bullying in school

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s councils take the issue of bullying very seriously indeed and are committed to dealing with the issue.
"We welcome the work which has been undertaken by a wide group of stakeholders, including parents and unions, to develop a consistent process for the recording of bullying in school.
"Utilising and updating the existing SEEMiS information system which is already widely used in schools is a cost-effective solution and the information gathered will be beneficial in developing local responses and so
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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:00

New national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.

An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

It means for the first time all eligible families, regardless of their local authority area, will have access to the same minimum level of financial support for school clothing.

The scheme will open in time for the 2018/19 academic year with eligibility determined at a local level.

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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:00

COSLA comment on school meals

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland's Councils are committed to giving all of our children a healthy, nutritious meal everyday.

“Councils do the very best they can and we have seen real innovation in some authorities extending this to breakfast clubs and indeed over the school holidays.
“We are fully aware of the impacts a healthy meal has on the overall learning experience.”

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Fri, 18/05/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on provision of school meal during holidays

"Local authorities have recognised that for many families food insecurity is a day to day reality. Many councils already provide additional support to low income families over and above the provision of term time school meals.
"COSLA’s Children and Young People Board members were keen to get an overview of the extent and nature of that provision and to understand the issues facing councils delivering out of term support. This work will inform any further work we do with partners in the future."
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Tue, 08/05/2018 - 16:00

Local Government fully committed to early learning and childcare expansion

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “As was clearly evident from the meeting of Council Leaders on Friday, local government is fully committed to early learning and childcare expansion to 1140 hours.

“COSLA and Scotland’s Council Leaders are fully behind investment in early years.  

“Getting to this point is a great example of collaboration to date. We must continue to work together to ensure successful delivery of this landmark policy.  

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Tue, 01/05/2018 - 09:03

Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

Almost a billion pounds will be invested annually to fund the huge expansion of early learning and childcare, transforming the life chances of children in Scotland.

Following extensive engagement to reach a shared understanding of the costs of the expansion, Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders have reached agreement on a multi-year funding package.

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Fri, 27/04/2018 - 14:30

COSLA comment on Additional Support Needs

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities take a child centred approach, in line with GIRFEC, and work with partner agencies to put in place the support that children and their families need to fulfil their potential in education.

"Tackling the poverty related attainment gap is a key area of focus for local authorities and they will continue to work with partners in their efforts to improve outcomes for children and young people."

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Thu, 26/04/2018 - 16:00