EDUCATION BILL PASSED TO TACKLE ATTAINMENT GAP
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:55
NEW RULE WILL PREVENT FALKIRK COUNCIL FROM REDUCING SCHOOL HOURS
SNP MEASURES TO CLOSE DIVIDE IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT BETWEEN RICH AND POOR
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has today voted in favour of the Scottish Government’s Education Bill – passing significant measures to tackle the attainment gap in education.
Amongst other measures it will ensure Falkirk Council never again comes up with the proposal to reduce the number of hours in the school week, which the ruling Labour/Tory administration had planned as a cost-cutting measure.
The Bill places a duty on local authorities and Ministers to prioritise activity aimed at closing the attainment gap, as well as introducing the National Improvement Framework into law.
The Framework will ensure that teachers and parents have access to the right information about children’s progress and will ensure a streamlined, more consistent approach to assessment.
The Bill also includes measures to enhance children’s rights, to ensure that senior managers within councils have the necessary qualifications and experience and create consistency in the provision of clothing grants across Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald said:
“The SNP is absolutely committed to closing the gap in educational achievement between children from wealthy and low-income backgrounds.
“Today’s Education Bill will set in law the National Improvement Framework – which will ensure that we know what works and what needs to be improved in classrooms across the country. The new system of assessments will standardise the current inconsistency in testing and, crucially, will inform teacher judgement rather than replace it.
“I am particularly pleased that measures have been brought in to ensure Falkirk Council will never again consider reducing the number of hours pupils are taught, which it had planned to introduce as a cost cutting measure.”
“This Bill will be a great benefit to pupils, parents and teachers as we work to raise standards in every school in Scotland.”