Children and Young People

COSLA RESPONSE TO EIS RELEASE ON DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY REMAINING KEY TO DELIVERY OF EDUCATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

COSLA welcomes the EIS response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Education Governance. We note that the EIS, like many of their counterpart associations, have found no reason to remove local democratic accountability for education and instead have focused on improvements to be delivered at national level. COSLA will continue to work with our teachers, headteachers and communities to improve education delivery within a ‘whole child’ approach – providing essential services of which education is only one.

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Fri, 06/01/2017 - 00:01

COSLA RESPONSE TO EIS RESOLUTION TO ‘GET IT RIGHT FOR GIRLS’

COSLA welcomes the work done by EIS and other organisations focusing on the difficulties faced by girls and young women in schools and into their adult lives. There is no doubt that girls are disproportionately affected by issues of gender violence and abuse and we work tirelessly across council services to prevent and eradicate this.

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Tue, 03/01/2017 - 00:01

COSLA RESPONSE TO EIS RELEASE ON INJURIES AT WORK

Local Authorities are recognised as good employers by the Fair Work Convention. This is not only reflected in terms and conditions but also in a responsible and supportive attitude to health and safety at work. Teachers, like all our employees, are valued colleagues and we do all we can to prevent incidents which may result in injury. Compensation claims are dealt with on an individual basis as you would expect.

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Sat, 31/12/2016 - 00:01

COSLA RESPONSE TO EIS WARNING ON MAINSTREAMING ON THE CHEAP

COSLA’s Education, Children, People Spokesperson Councillor Stephanie Primrose said: “COSLA believes that the principles of GIRFEC must be the basis of any decision of whether or not to place a pupil with Additional Support Needs in a mainstream school. ‘Mainstreaming’ does support wider integration for people who live in our communities, but each decision must be based on the needs of the individual pupil.

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Wed, 28/12/2016 - 00:01

COSLA RESPONSE TO EIS RELEASE ON FESTIVE SCHOOL SHOWS BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

COSLA’s Education, Children, People Spokesperson Councillor Stephanie Primrose said: “All over the country, councils and schools have been holding festive shows bringing communities closer. Each community will have their own unique take on the festive period and this is what makes these events so valuable.

“Now, more than ever, Scotland’s Councils are providing important refuge and support for those fleeing war and violence and we believe that these new Scots make an important contribution to our local areas and hope that they find these events to be inclusive and welcoming.

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Sat, 24/12/2016 - 00:01

CUTS TO COUNCILS WILL HIT ALL OUR CHILDREN SAYS COSLA

COSLA today (Friday) said that a cut to local government funding from central government next week will make the gap in education even wider.
 
Speaking in advance of the Scottish Government laying out its spending plans for next year, COSLA’s Education, Children, People Spokesperson Councillor Stephanie Primrose said: “All of the Children and young people that come through the education system require a wide range of additional support services that simply cannot be delivered by a teacher alone.
 

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Fri, 09/12/2016 - 08:36

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTLAND'S PISA RANKINGS

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, COSLA’s Education Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s councils do a good job in relation to the education and nurturing of the whole child and whilst it is disappointing that Scotland has fallen in terms of the PISA rankings it has to be recognised that this is only one measurement. 

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Tue, 06/12/2016 - 11:23

Concerns raised over Education Scotland report

A COSLA Spokesman said:

“This is very disappointing from a local government perspective and hopefully it will not have a knock on effect in our wider discussions around education which are on-going at the moment.

“This exercise was supposed to be about improving education but it hasn’t included the workload requirements generated by Government  agencies.  Indeed it is ironic that the workload issue was created in large part by the agency sent in to ‘sort out the problem’.

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Tue, 20/09/2016 - 16:10

COSLA calls for Open Consultation

Commenting following Mr Swinney’s announcement in Parliament this afternoon on education, a COSLA Spokesman said: 

“Obviously today is only the start of a Consultation process, however that said I think we remain concerned that this is as open as we would hope and that we are not facing a set of pre-decided outcomes. 

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Tue, 13/09/2016 - 14:45

Media Lines from Education Executive Group (Thursday 11th August)

David O’Neill – COSLA President:

When Alex Salmond was returned as First Minister following the election in 2011, I always remember his “We do not have the Monopoly on Wisdom.”  On behalf of Scotland’s young people and their families I would ask the Scottish Government to remember these words when considering their position on education.  They cannot be the sole voice on one side of this crucial debate – when all other voices are giving them a different message.

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Fri, 12/08/2016 - 07:30