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Education Reforms

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

Thank you, Presiding Officer. I also thank the cabinet secretary for early sight of his statement.

We have known for a year what the statement would say. Everyone knows that the education bill was dropped because no one would have supported it, and everyone knew that Mr Swinney would be back in Parliament claiming great progress, so that he could finally put his flagship legislation out of its misery.

However, the reforms still do not address the real issues in our schools—squeezed budgets, teacher shortages, a narrowing curriculum, a lack of rigorous data on literacy and numeracy, standardised tests that parents do not want and which teachers do not rate, an explosion in multilevel teaching, and a crisis in support for pupils who have additional support needs.

Having spent a year developing and delivering an empowered schools diagram, will the cabinet secretary now turn his attention to those real problems that are faced daily by real teachers, pupils and parents in real schools?