Public Petitions

 

Timetable

Details of petitions referred to the Education and Skills Committee for consideration are outlined below

Open petitions with the Education and Skills Committee      

PE01692: Inquiry into the human rights impact of GIRFEC policy and data processing.

Petitioners: Lesley Scott and Alison Preuss on behalf of the Tymes Trust and Scottish Home Education Forum.

Date Lodged: 13 June 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to initiate an independent public inquiry into the impact on human rights of the routine gathering and sharing of citizens’ personal information on which its Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) policy relies.

The petition history and submissions are here

The Education and Skills Committee considered this petition at its meeting on the 29th May 2019. 

The video of the meeting can be viewed here

The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and to the Information Commissioner.

The Education and Skills Committee considered this petition again at its meeting on the 27 November 2019

The video of the meeting can be viewed here

The Committee considered the petition and agreed to write to the Scottish Government and other public bodies.

Correspondence

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in respect of petition PE01692 seeking the Government’s perspective as to how the framework for the functioning of independent bodies operates where multiple remits are engaged on a particular issue. The Conveners letter and the Governments response is noted below.

The Convener wrote to the Information Commissioner's Office Scotland regarding petition PE01692 to seek an update on the ICO’s work following the introduction of GDPR. The Conveners letter and the Information Commissioners response is noted below.

The Petitioners Alison Preuss, on behalf of the Scottish Home Education Forum, and Lesley Scott, on behalf of The Young ME Sufferers (Tymes) Trust sent in a response to the correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and the Information Commissioners Office.

After the meeting on 27 November 2019, the Committee agreed that the Convener should write to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills for an update as to when the suite of products referred to in a previous letter on respect of guidance and products to support information sharing practice will be available. The Committee also agreed to write to all the Local Authorities to ascertain that they are using the revised guidance from the Information Commissioners office. Read the Conveners letters and the response from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

The Information Commissioner wrote to the Convener regarding the use of guidance relating to information sharing by Local Authorities.

PE01668: Improving literacy standards in schools through research-informed reading instruction

Petitioner: Anne Glennie

Date Lodged: 09 August 2017  

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to i) provide national guidance, support, and professional learning for teachers in research-informed reading instruction, specifically systematic synthetic phonics; ii) ensure teacher training institutions train new teachers in research-informed reading instruction, specifically systematic synthetic phonics.

The petition history and submissions are here

The Committee has received an additional submission. 

The Education and Skills Committee considered this petition at its meeting on 30 October 2019 and agreed to write to stakeholders.

The video of the meeting can be viewed here

PE1548 National Guidance on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Petitioner: Beth Morrison

Date Lodged: 17 February 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to
1.  Introduce National Guidance on the use of restraint and seclusion in all schools; this guidance should support the principles of:

  • Last resort - where it is deemed necessary, restraint should be the minimum required to deal with the agreed risk, for the minimum amount of time
  • Appropriate supervision of the child at all times, including during “time out” or seclusion.
  • Reducing the use of solitary exclusion and limiting the time it is used for (e.g. maximum time limits)
  • No use of restraints that are cruel, humiliating, painful and unnecessary or not in line with trained techniques.
  • Accountability of teaching and support staff for their actions; this should include recording every incident leading to the use of seclusion or restraint and monitoring of this by the local authority.
  • Regular training for staff in how to avoid the use of restraint
  • Where restraint is unavoidable training in appropriate restraint techniques by British Institute of Learning Disability accredited providers and no use of restraint by untrained staff.

2. Appoint a specific agency (either Education Scotland or possibly the Care Inspectorate) to monitor the support and care given in non-educational areas including the evaluation of the use of restraint and seclusion of children with special needs in local authority, voluntary sector or private special schools.

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The petition history and submissions are here

The Education and Skills Committee considered the petition at its meeting on the 22 January 2020 and agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

The video from the meeting can be viewed here.

Correspondence

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills regarding the petition. The letter from the convener to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and the response can be read below.

Closed Petitions

PE01694: Free Instrumental Music Services  

Date Lodged: 19 June 2018  

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change the law to ensure that musical instrument tuition is available as of right to all children attending state schools in Scotland who wish it, free of charge.

The petition history and submissions are here 

The Education and Skills considered the petition at it meeting on 23 January 2019. The Committee decided to keep the petition open until the Committee had responses in respect to its report on Music Tuition in schools.

The Education and Skills Committee considered this petition at its meeting on the 29th May 2019.

The video of the meeting can be viewed here

The Committee considered the petition and although the Committee agreed to close the petition on the basis of the parliamentary work undertaken in relation to the aims of the petition. The Committee also agreed to monitor the progress of a legal challenge on charging for instrumental music tuition and reserves the right to revisit this issue in its future work programme.

Petitions closed by the Public Petitions Committee

The Public Petitions Committee wrote to Convener in respect of Petitions that were closed by the Public Petitions Committee but have a link to the Education and Skills Committee work. read the correspondence below.

PE01673

PE01673: Operation and running of child protection services in Scotland

PE01704

PE01704: Improve targets and outcomes for autistic people in Scotland

 
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