Council elections: SNP education manifesto

In government, the SNP has made closing the attainment gap in our schools our defining mission. Councils play a vital role in education – supporting children from their early years right through to early adulthood.

On May 4, vote SNP to give our young people the very best chance of success in life. Here’s just some of what SNP councils will deliver.
1. Transforming early learning and childcare.
SNP councils will work with the Scottish Government to transform the provision of early learning and childcare. We will almost double free childcare to 30 hours a week by 2020. This provision will be flexible and delivered in a way that best suits parents and families’ needs. Read more about that here.
2. Investing in our schools to give every child in Scotland the best start in life.
We will put more money directly into the hands of head teachers. This year alone we’re investing £120 million in schools across the country to close the attainment gap.

3. Keeping class sizes down.
We will use the funding provided by the Scottish Government to maintain teacher numbers and pupil teacher ratios to ensure children and young people get the best learning experience. We will target resources to where the need is greatest, with more funding available to schools in Scotland’s most deprived communities.
4. Better schools in better buildings.
SNP Councils will work with the Scottish Government to build or refurbish 112 schools by 2020 – covering every local authority area across the country.
5. Improving outcomes for looked after children and young people.
Our Councillors will focus on improving outcomes for looked after children and young people, to ensure every young person can fulfil their potential.
SNP councils will listen to care experienced young people, and work in close partnership with the Scottish Government on its national review of the care system.
From this year this will be backed up by a new entitlement to full university bursary and a guaranteed university place for care experienced young people who fulfil the minimum entry requirements.

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