Date lodged: 11 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Scottish Borders Council is substituting senior pupils for school librarians at Peebles High School, including concerns that these pupils might be asked to (a) enforce discipline and (b) access other pupils' personal data, and who will be legally liable for the senior pupils taking such action.
Answered by: John Swinney 19 June 2018
A good quality school library service can make a strong contribution to our ambition to raise attainment for all our young people. That is why a national strategy for school libraries will be published this summer, and it is why we are investing £1 million over three years in improving school libraries. Pupils can gain a great deal from getting involved in their school libraries, but as part of a managed service.
Local authorities are responsible for discipline in schools and for ensuring that any personal information held by them is processed in accordance with rules and legislation related to Data Protection Information and Security.