Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Richard Leonard Richard Leonard Labour

I offer the Scottish Labour Party’s condolences to the family of Kay Ullrich, who was widely respected across the spectrum of Scottish politics.

The issue today is not just whether schools and school buildings are open. It is about how much preparation the Government has made for the continuation of our children’s education; whether the remote learning materials that we were promised were ready back in July are ready now, six months later; and whether teachers have the support that they need, whether plans are in place and whether they have the resources that they require to back that work up. It is also about how much support there is for working parents and what the plan is for them. For example, does the First Minister have a plan to encourage all businesses to furlough all working parents who need to take time off to support their children? Can she assure us that all that is in place?