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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13408: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the role that schools can play within the wider community, for adults as well as pupils.

Answered by: John Swinney 22 December 2017

Schools can be considered one of the partners in the process of identifying and documenting local needs for community learning and development and inform CLD plans. As recently announced in the 2018 National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan, the ability of children and young people to learn in the classroom does not exist in isolation from their wider circumstances at home and in their community. We also know that parental engagement in children’s learning has a hugely positive impact on outcomes for children.

Schools have been fully involved in the development of Local Outcome Improvement Plans at local authority level and have much to contribute to the plans and their delivery. Schools have for many years been active members of their local communities, working in partnership with local groups, charities, employers and others. There is evidence of outstanding practice in this area and headteachers are committed to forging stronger and further links across their local communities.