Education

526 new schools built or refurbished

We are working hard to give children the best start in life, and record high school leavers are in positive destinations.

We are expanding childcare from 475-600 hours a year for 3 and 4 year olds and looked after 2 year olds - up 45% from 2007. This will benefit around 120,000 children from August 2014.

We're focussing on the early years withm ore free nursery education - up from around 12 hours to 16 hours a week and increasing to 30 hours a week by 2020.

526 schools have been rebuilt or refurnished, and there are 111 more new schools in the pipeline.

We've brought a new focus to the skills we want pupils to develop by implementing the Curriculum for Excellence. And, we've helped this generation of students compete on an even level with the rest of the world by introducing new science and languages baccalaureates.

The SNP are protecting the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16-19 year olds while the Westminster Government has scrapped it. This helps keep young people in educaiton wtih payments of £765 on average per year.

We're exceeding our manifesto commitment of maintaining 116,000 full time equivalent college places, and providing the best student support in the UK.

We've scrapped tuition fees for Scottish students studying in Scotland, ensuring that access to university education is not based on the ability to pay, saving students up to £27,000.

We surpassed our target to provide 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, and this will increase to 30,000 by 2020.