I welcome today’s statement by John Swinney and the blueprint to ensure that we work to tackle to attainment challenge facing the country. Since John Swinney became Education Secretary he has worked hard to consult widely with the education sector and has been clear that this delivery plan would be forged through many of those previous discussions.
It’s important that we close the attainment gap from the start of early learning, through school and into University to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to succeed in education and give them the best possible start to life.
Some of the key announcements today include reducing teachers workloads, increased funding for those areas already receiving resources through the attainment challenge funding, which included Inverclyde, and extending resources to include secondary schools.
By reducing this workload it enables teachers to use the skills, knowledge and confidence they have gained to ensure we create the right environment for our learners. This environment includes learning through schools, communities and families alike.
The doubling of the Challenge Authorities and Schools funding to £50m as well as including secondary schools is an excellent step. This will ensure communities where there are distinct challenges and problems can receive extra assistance.
Overall, today’s Delivery Plan publication is good for education in Inverclyde and Scotland and I’m sure it will be welcomed by many.