MSP, East Lothian
I thank the cabinet secretary for early sight of his statement. Empowering teachers, parents and communities to achieve excellence and equity in education is a laudable aim and one that we share, but we recognise that we must have enough teachers and resources in our schools to pursue it properly. Today, we were told that councils might face cuts of £1 billion by the end of this session...
It emerged this week that the only educational advice underpinning the Scottish Government’s national standardised assessments amounted to four emails from two educationists, and that most of their advice was not taken. Even at this late stage, will the First Minister undertake to ask the international council to examine and advise on that central policy?
I also thank the Deputy First Minister for early sight of his statement. The Deputy First Minister knows that Labour supports the principle of the named person policy. The measures that he is taking to resolve the issues over information sharing are therefore welcome. However, exactly because we want it to work, we have to face up to the fact that the policy has lost the confidence of many...
Labour MSP for East Lothian
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Also represented Edinburgh Pentlands
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