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The problems with education in Scotland are not about structure; they’re about funding and resources

23 March, 2017 - 12:07

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 March) criticised the Education Secretary for describing opposition to proposed reforms as "worrying".

The Scottish Government has proposed changes including moving control from councils to new education regions and head teachers.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“From today’s comments it seems the Education Secretary still doesn’t get it. The problems with education in Scotland are not about structure, they’re about funding and resources. 

It is right that the people - and not a government they did not elect - choose where we go from here

Ross Greer MSP Tue 21 Mar

This week, the Scottish Parliament will be asked to approve the Scottish Government seeking what’s known as a Section 30 Order. This would give Holyrood the temporary power to hold a referendum. It’s a step that is clearly needed if we’re to give Scottish voters a choice about their own future.

YouGov poll shows Greens closing in on Labour

19 March, 2017 - 08:36

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the findings of a March YouGov poll showing that support for the party has almost doubled since their successful Holyrood election in 2016.

Tories attempt to deny Scotland a vote on our collective future at the critical moment

16 March, 2017 - 13:16

Responding to Theresa May's comment that "now is not the time" for a referendum on Scotland's independence, Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Scottish Ministers refuse to commit to education proposals including support for LGBTI+ pupils and “poverty-proofing” of schools

8 March, 2017 - 17:23

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight expressed disappointment after Scottish Ministers refused to commit funding to a series of education proposals including support for LGBTI+ pupils and the “poverty-proofing” of schools.

Children and young people themselves need to be at the centre of the Named Person process

7 March, 2017 - 15:11

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 March) welcomed a statement in Parliament from Education Secretary John Swinney on the Named Person scheme and called for further direct engagement with children and young people.

Last July, a Supreme Court judgement confirmed that providing a named person as a point of contact and support for every child and their family would not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.

Postcode lottery in child mental health treatment

7 March, 2017 - 13:59

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 March) renewed his call for mental health education to be a part of PSE for every school pupil, in light of new waiting time figures showing a postcode lottery in child mental health treatment.

Only seven of Scotland's fourteen health boards are meeting the waiting time target for access by children and young people to specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Ross said:

We need to ensure that every child gets the right support at school

Ross Greer MSP Fri 3 Mar

The sign of a strong education system is one where every pupil gets the right support. Good education meets each young person's needs and not just those of the class as a whole. On Wednesday, Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee held a roundtable discussion on pupils with Additional Support Needs and what we heard left us in no doubt – Scotland is not giving every pupil the support they need and deserve.

Concerns as EDF allowed more cracking within Hunterston's reactor

2 March, 2017 - 14:14

Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for West of Scotland, today (2 March) criticised the UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for giving the green light to increased cracking in the reactor of the Hunterston B nuclear power station in Ayrshire.

The ONR says the Periodic Safety Review for Hunterston by operators EDF is adequate. It allows for a doubling in the amount of cracked graphite bricks, which safety experts have warned could lead to nuclear fuel overheating, potentially resulting in a radiological release.

Additional Support Needs failing thousands of young people says Green MSP

1 March, 2017 - 13:42

The dire state of Additional Support Needs in Scotland’s schools was laid bare at Holyrood’s education committee today, with a Green MSP saying the system is “failing thousands of young people”.

One ASN expert from Glasgow City Council stated that a member of staff had reported being told to watch TV sitcom the Big Bang Theory to gain an understanding of supporting children with Asperger syndrome.