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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19879: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Audit Scotland paper, Best Value Assurance Report: East Lothian, which suggests some areas of underperformance in education, what action it is taking to assist the local authority in addressing concerns regarding (a) the proportion of children entering positive destinations, (b) the performance of children in the middle Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation groups, (c) pupil numeracy and (d) pupil exclusion rates.

Answered by: John Swinney 22 November 2018

The role of the Scottish Government and the various national agencies is to set national education policy and a national framework for improvement which will support a school and teacher-led system. The National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan sets out the improvement activity that the Scottish Government has been taking forward to help support the achievement of improved learner outcomes across Scottish education. The establishment of the Regional Improvement Collaboratives forms a key element of our education reform agenda, by providing support to local authorities to help deliver the twin aims of excellence and equity, ensuring that every child achieves the highest standards in literacy and numeracy, and ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.