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S5W-06891: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 6 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is providing to schools to appoint a lead person to coordinate links with fair access programmes and provide direction to information regarding student support and the higher education admissions process, as set out at recommendation 17 of the final report of the Commission On Widening Access, A Blueprint for Fairness, and how many schools have made an appointment.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 3 March 2017

The Commission on Widening Access recommended that schools identify a lead person to coordinate links with fair access programmes. This role could be fulfilled by an existing member of staff and would not necessarily require a new appointment.

Scottish Government will work with national partners, local authorities and other stakeholders to implement and monitor progress on this and the other Commission recommendations.

The Government will publish a formal report on progress against the Commission’s recommendations in Spring 2017.