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PE01417: Educating our future generations: Councils should listen to parents


Petitioner: Andrew Ellis Morrison


Date Lodged: 20 February 2012

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 to allow a right to appeal to Scottish Ministers where local authorities do not abide by the majority decision of ‘relevant consultees’, as specified in Schedule 2 of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, where a local authority is consulting on issues stipulated in Paragraphs 4 & 5 of Schedule 1 of the same Act.

Petition History:


20 March 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, COSLA and the Educational Institute of Scotland. Link to Official Report 20 March 2012 (429KB pdf)

29 May 2012: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7. The view of the Committee is that local decision making and accountability of individual schools should remain at a local level and that consultation responses must be considered on merit not just numbers. The Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education has been tasked with considering and making recommendations on the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act and, pending the outcome of the Commission's findings, the Scottish Government has no current plans to change the 2010 Act to introduce a right of appeal to Ministers on school admission arrangements. Link to Official Report 29 May 2012 (308KB pdf)

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