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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09733: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on 15 June 2017 (Official Report, c. 46), what its response is to the comment by COSLA that the announcement "erodes local democratic accountability and most certainly will not close the attainment gap".

Answered by: John Swinney 30 June 2017

As we have set out in the June 2015 Scottish Government publication Education Governance: Next Steps, councils will remain democratically accountable for schools in their area and will continue to have a crucial role in providing a wide range of education services. Our governance reforms are based on international evidence about what works, including on the impact of empowered, high quality teaching and leadership on improving outcomes. These reforms are one element in the range of actions the Scottish Government is taking to close the attainment gap and delivery excellence and equity for our children and young people.