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  • Scottish Parliament: Schools (Subject Choice) 20 Sep 2018

    1. Earlier this year, I challenged the First Minister over the shrinking number of subjects that Scottish school pupils can take. In reply, she said: “We will continue to work hard with local authorities and with schools to ensure that our young people have the broadest and widest possible choice.”—[ Official Report , 17 May 2018; c 10.] What progress has she made on...
  • Scottish Parliament: Schools (Subject Choice) 20 Sep 2018

    I am not sure that that was much of a progress report on school choice, so let us consider the progress that was presented to the Parliament yesterday, when Professor Jim Scott appeared before the Education and Skills Committee. Professor Scott talked about the staggering drop in subject choice in our schools following the introduction of curriculum for excellence. Now, more than half of...
  • Scottish Parliament: Schools (Subject Choice) 20 Sep 2018

    Professor Scott is a former head of 18 years’ standing, so the members who are shouting from a sedentary position might want to listen to what he had to say yesterday. He said: “I actually struggle to say that in a public forum. It is almost unbelievable.” I think so, too. What does the First Minister make of it? I can tell that the First Minister does not want to talk about...

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Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

Also represented Glasgow

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