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S5W-10711: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what role communities will have in contributing to raising attainment and addressing educational inequality under the proposals set out in, Education Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Deliver Excellence and Equity for Our Children.

Answered by: John Swinney 29 August 2017

The agenda set out in the Education Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to deliver Excellence and Equity for our children includes a clear commitment to strengthen parental and community engagement. Schools do not exist in isolation and there are factors outside the school gate that influence a child's outcomes including in the wider community. Therefore improvement planning at school, cluster and regional level should take account of the relevant Community Planning Partnerships enabling schools to strengthen their knowledge of and engagement with the wider community to achieve collective impact. This work will be supported by our commitment that every school will have a teacher or professional who has responsibility for promoting parental, family and community engagement. Complementing these measures, we will take steps to strengthen, modernise and extend the legislation on parental involvement, as detailed in my answer to question S5W-10710 on 30 August 2017. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx