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SQA confirm grades will be changed without consulting schools

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Qualifications Agency has admitted it will adjust student’s grades without consulting schools or publishing its methods, potentially failing pupils whose had been submitted a pass grade by their teacher.

In a letter to the Scottish parliament’s Education committee, SQA chief Fiona Roberston confirmed that the agency will moderate grades without any consultation with teachers, using a system which could see pupils marked up or down because of the past performances of their school, no matter how hard they have worked.

School Reopening: Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education

Ross Greer MSP Mon 29 Jun, 2020

To: John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education

29 June 2020

Dear John,

Measures to protect pupils and staff in schools

I am writing following your statement to Parliament on Tuesday 23rd, announcing the Government’s intention that schools return full time and without social distancing on 11th August. As I am sure you appreciate, it is vital that the appropriate measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff and the wider community.

Ross Greer: BAME risk assessments needed for school return

Fri 26 Jun, 2020

Councils should perform risk assessments on the return to school for Black and Minority Ethnic pupils and staff, the Scottish Greens have said.

The call comes after the Scottish Government advised health boards to conduct risk assessments for BAME staff.

After pressure from the Scottish Greens, on 9 June First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the establishment of an expert group to study the effects of Covid-19 on minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

Damning review of special needs education

Thu 25 Jun, 2020

A damning report on the state of additional support needs education in Scotland has been snuck out by the Scottish Government.

The review, led by Angela Morgan OBE, was published on Friday without any press announcement, with Education Secretary John Swinney telling Parliament’s Education Committee that the Government will respond to the report in the autumn.

Regular testing required for schools return

Tue 23 Jun, 2020

Following the Education Secretary’s confirmation this afternoon that he is supportive of Green proposals to regularly test school staff for Covid-19, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“A great number of people will be breathing a sigh of relief at the announcement that pupils will return to school full-time in August, but for teachers, school support staff and their families, the anxiety will now have dramatically increased. 

Ross Greer comments on Braehead job losses 

Tue 23 Jun, 2020

Responding to the news that Intu Braehead is facing administration, potentially putting thousands of jobs at risk, Scottish Greens West Scotland MSP Ross Greer said: 

“This is devastating news for workers and their families. It will have a huge impact on the Renfrewshire and wider west of Scotland economy, and comes just a few weeks after Rolls Royce announced 700 job losses at its site literally just down the road.

Public health must be at forefront of schools return

Ross Greer MSP Sun 21 Jun, 2020

Prolonged school closures are harmful to children’s wellbeing and their educational attainment. This is something we’re all agreed on, as the Education Secretary himself has said.

Lack of clarity for councils on school return exposed

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

Councils have described mixed messages from the Scottish Government on the return to school in August as ‘demotivating’.

At Parliament’s education committee, leader of Inverclyde Council and co-chair of Scotland's Education Recovery Group, councillor Stephen McCabe suggested councils were surprised to hear blended learning plans described by the government as a "contingency" this week, and that there may be "a bit of demotivation on the back of that”.

McCabe also said the 2 metre rule would make full time schooling “impossible”.

Councils could cut jobs to deliver schools return

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Councils could be forced to cut jobs and services in other areas to deliver a return to school in August, it has emerged.

At the Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 committee, chief executive of Highland council Donna Manson told Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer there were “additional costs” associated with reopening schools at 50% attendance in August.

These include additional teachers and support staff, as well as providing additional buildings to accommodate safe distancing measures.

Scottish Greens slam decision to scrap DFID  

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Responding to reports that the UK Government will scrap the Department for International Development, merge its functions with the Foreign Office and “squeeze” the international aid budget, Scottish Greens External Affairs Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“This is a nasty attempt to play to the worst instincts of Boris Johnson’s rich mates. Britain has a long, brutal legacy of wrongdoing across the world and the international development programme is one small way in which the government has sought to make amends for that.