Children and Young People

COSLA comment on attainment gap figures

COSLA's Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “While COSLA welcomes these figures, we are deeply aware that a lot of work is still needed to tackle this issue.

“The Local Government Benchmarking Framework states that despite a real-time reduction in education budgets of almost 4% in senior phase, the tariff score has improved by 15% since 2011 with the rate of improvement more than doubled for areas of multiple deprivation – in those areas, we have improved by over 40%.  

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Fri, 16/03/2018 - 10:00

COSLA Responds to DFM Comments on Early Learning and Childcare Policy

Responding to a request from John Swinney for Council Leaders to get on board with the Early Learning and Childcare Policy, COSLA’s Education Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Firstly Councils are on board with the concept of Early Learning and Childcare, but they cannot act in isolation without the staff or money.

“The recent Audit Scotland report clearly showed Scotland’s Councils are fully committed to this policy. 

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Thu, 01/03/2018 - 12:59

COSLA comment on free nursery care provision

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We are working closely with Scottish Government to cost the delivery of 1140 hours of early learning and childcare, under a model where funding will follow the child. Scottish Government have committed to fully funding the expansion, including payment of the living wage to all delivering the 1140 entitlement, from 2020.

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Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA response to consultation on proposed Education Bill

Commenting as the COSLA Response was submitted this morning (Tuesday), COSLA's Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said:  "COSLA have been speaking directly with all our partners and professional associations including those representing teachers, headteachers, parents and young people to bring together a local government response to the consultation on the proposed Education Bill. 

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Tue, 30/01/2018 - 11:08

COSLA comment on LGBTQ bullying in schools

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA and Scottish Councils recognise that, sadly, discrimination and prejudice continues to be experienced by children and young people in our communities. School staff, alongside other council staff, are working hard to ensure that the school environment is a safe and iclusive one for every young person.

"COSLA participates actively in groups alongside Scottish Government, trade unions and campaigners and will continue to take a leading role to address discrimination and to promote equality across all communities."

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Mon, 29/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on unpaid school meals

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Scottish Local Authorities are at the forefront of addressing the impact of poverty on our children and their families. There is a wide body of evidence that shows that hunger can adversely impact upon a child’s ability to learn, grow and develop and this is our focus in this area.

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Wed, 24/01/2018 - 18:00

"Meeting the needs of young people" Joint press release

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Wed, 10/01/2018 - 16:18

COSLA welcomes the news that the number of school teachers has increased over the last year

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes the news today (Tuesday) that the number of school teachers has increased over the last year.  

“There is no doubt that many councils, facing shortages in certain subjects and in some communities, have gone the extra distance to ensure that all children and young people have the teachers they need.  

“However, this must be seen in light of the reduction in real terms of local authority budgets. We also need to endeavour to ensure there are other key professionals required to improve the lives of children.”

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Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:00

COSLA responds to National Improvement Framework report

Councillor Stephen McCabe, Spokesperson for Children and Young People said: “Local Authorities are absolutely committed to improving the lives of young people and their families throughout Scotland. We are there at every stage of the child’s life to make sure there are a wide range of services and professionals to support each child according to their needs. 

"There is much to be celebrated in the NIF report but still a lot to be done to truly address the poverty related attainment gap and to continue to improve children’s happiness and wellbeing.

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Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:53

Education Bill consultation

Council Leaders today (Friday) agreed that COSLA writes to the Deputy First Minister outlining their concerns around various elements contained within the Education Bill Consultation paper and to seek a meeting with him as soon as possible.

Throughout the Scottish Government’s agenda for education reform, Councils have been clear that the best interests of children and young people should be the driving force for any change. Their needs are central for Councils when they look across their local area to plan, monitor and improve all children’s services.

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Fri, 24/11/2017 - 15:04