Letter to the Editor of the Rutherglen Reformer on Education “Reforms”

16th February 2018

Dear Sir,

The SNP government’s proposed Education Bill is indeed potentially damaging rather than helpful to local schools, and has been subject to harsh criticism by Councils, parents and professional bodies. It deserves to be dumped.

Teachers numbers have slumped along with support for children with additional support needs since which have been drastically reduced since the SNP came to power in 2007. Instead of focusing on restoring teacher numbers and boosting ASN support, John Swinney’s so called education “reforms” tinker about with the structures and reduce local control over schools in favour of increased direction from the top.

Last week’s Rutherglen Reformer article suggested that I had succeeded in amending the Education. Unfortunately this is not correct. Certainly I got the Council to amend their formal response to the consultation on the Education Bill (as indeed the text of your article makes clear), but not the Bill itself.

I would have been delighted if the Education Bill had been amended – or even better dropped – but sadly this is not the case. We have still got a lot of work to do to get the SNP Government to back down on this.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Brown

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Rutherglen South

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