Wednesday, 18 March 2015
1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress on establishing a commission on widening access as outlined in the programme for government 2014-15. (S4O-04124)
2. To ask the Scottish Government how the schools for the future programme can help improve the school estate and how many pupils it impacts on. (S4O-04125)
3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to expand the range of foreign language courses available in schools. (S4O-04126)
4. To ask the Scottish Government how it will increase the number of students from Lanarkshire attending university. (S4O-04127)
5. To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages the study of Scottish literature and drama in schools. (S4O-04128)
6. To ask the Scottish Government what work it is undertaking with educational institutions to tackle occupational segregation. (S4O-04129)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions have taken place between the SQA and local authorities regarding pupils’ career advice and subject choice. (S4O-04130)
8. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding reintroducing the post-study work visa in Scotland. (S4O-04131)
10. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Aberdeenshire Council to discuss the recruitment and retention of teachers. (S4O-04133)
11. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met South Lanarkshire Council’s education department and what issues where discussed. (S4O-04134)
12. To ask the Scottish Government what value it places on early years education. (S4O-04135)
13. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact is of severe deprivation on a child’s educational attainment. (S4O-04136)
14. To ask the Scottish Government how many non-teaching staff there are in schools and how this compares with 2013-14. (S4O-04137)
15. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Falkirk Council regarding its proposal to reduce the primary school week from 25 to 22.5 hours in 2016-17. (S4O-04138)
16. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to college students. (S4O-04139)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-12678, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on an end to in-work poverty.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-12677, in the name of Jean Urquhart, on celebrating Scotland’s diverse communities.
The next item of business is consideration of 11 Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Joe FitzPatrick to move en bloc motions S4M-12685 to S4M-12694, on approval of Scottish statutory instruments,...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-12683, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a business programme. Motion moved,...
Before we move to decision time, I call Liz Smith.
The final item of business today is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-12246, in the name of Alex Rowley, on United Kingdom Government carbon price support exemption for opencast coal...
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