Children and Young People


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 - 09:36


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 - 12:23

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 - 17:10

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 - 15:45

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 - 08:30

Response to Supreme Court Ruling

A COSLA Spokesperson said, in response to the Supreme Court ruling published on Thursday 28 July on the role of the Named Person:

"This is a complex issue and we are taking the opportunity to study the Supreme Court decision. However what we can say immediately is that the aims and intentions of the named person scheme are laudable in their intent and COSLA remains committed to working in partnership with the Scottish Government to deliver on these intentions for the children and young people who will benefit."

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Thu, 28/07/2016 - 16:17

Local Government family unite around Education

Ahead of the Scottish Government’s Summit on education later this week, education experts from across the system today urged the Scottish Government to proceed with caution and take those with the expertise with them.

Speaking today (Monday) COSLA‘s education spokesperson Councillor Stephanie Primrose said: 

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Mon, 13/06/2016 - 01:01

Response to Education rumours

COSLA’s Education Spokesperson Councillor Stephanie Primrose said today (Thursday) that the education service delivered by councils and the future of Scotland’s young people were far too important to hear of possible changes to Councils role in education through the media. 

Councillor Primrose said: 

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Thu, 26/05/2016 - 16:15