10. How significant a change in Gaelic medium
primary education will the Bill deliver? Do you agree these provisions should
be limited to primary schooling?
11. What are the most appropriate ways for education
authorities, particularly those with low levels of Gaelic usage, to promote and
support Gaelic medium education and Gaelic learner education? What impact is
this promotional work likely to have on the Gaelic language and the number of
12. Do you agree that the Bill “will establish a
clear process for authorities to follow in considering parental requests for an
assessment of the need for Gaelic medium primary education”? Do you agree with
the thresholds proposed in the Bill in relation to the assessment of parental
13. Under existing legislation, education
authorities must have regard to Bord na Gaidhlig’s education guidance when they
are producing their annual statement of improvement objectives. What will the
requirement in this bill add to this?
14. Overall, to what extent will the Bill help to
deliver the Scottish Government’s commitments to grow and strengthen Gaelic
15. What potential impact on other educational services might arise from the local authority having to implement these new duties?
Support for Learning
16. What will be the outcomes of extending rights
under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 to
children aged 12 and over with capacity? Please give practical examples.
17. Do you agree with the proposal that not all of
the rights in the ASL legislation should be extended to children (see
paragraphs 49 and 50 of the policy memorandum)?
18. What are your views on the statutory children's support service proposed by the Scottish Government?
19. What would be the possible advantages and
disadvantages of legislating for the role of Chief Education Officer (CEO) in every
education authority in Scotland? Are there any previous examples of the
Scottish Government seeking to instruct local authorities to employ a person in
a particular role? If so, are there any lessons to be learned from how this
20. What roles could a CEO most usefully perform
and to what extent are such roles already carried out within education
21. How would grant-aided schools, independent
schools and their pupils benefit from their teaching staff being registered
with the General Teaching Council for Scotland? What different or new skills
would such teaching staff acquire as a result of registration? Is it likely
that attainment would improve in the schools in question?
The Bill’s Financial Memorandum states—
“There may also be financial consequences for
the smaller special schools within the independent sector who may find it a challenge
to attract GTCS registered teachers and this may affect the school’s ability to
continue to operate. The risk should be mitigated by the proposed transitional
arrangements which will allow schools sufficient time to plan for full
implementation. Discussions are yet to be had with the GTCS and the sector but
there is an expectation that all teachers will be GTCS registered within 2
years of introduction at the latest.”
22. What transitional arrangements would be appropriate, particularly to avoid the risk of smaller special schools being unable to operate?
23. The Bill will introduce a power to make regulations about the procedure to be followed in relation to complaints to Scottish Ministers. Paragraph 74 of the Policy Memorandum sets out some proposed deadlines. What is your view on the deadlines for these procedures?
24. The policy intention is that Scottish Ministers should not consider an issue or reconsider a decision which should be dealt with by the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS). Do you agree with this proposal and will it always be clear cut when a complaint is solely for (ASNTS)?
25. Overall, how will the Scottish Government's proposals affect parents' ability to complain about the actions of an education authority or relevant body? Will the new system be more effective? Is it clear which matters can and cannot be the grounds of a complaint to Scottish Ministers?
The Scottish Government is seeking to amend section 47(3) of the
Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 as it currently unintentionally
excludes a small group of children from the early learning and childcare
26. Are there any reasons to distinguish between guardians and kinship carers for the purposes of entitlement to free early learning and childcare?
Please provide any other information you think
would be relevant to the Committee’s scrutiny. For example, it is helpful to
have your views on whether—
- the Bill, or parts of it, will deliver the Scottish Government’s policy objectives;
- legislation is needed to deliver some or all of the Scottish Government’s policy intentions;
- the consultation undertaken on the Bill was adequate.
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18 May 2015.
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