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What is the SNP plan to reform Scottish education?

Scotland has a good education system. But there’s much still to do. The life chances of our young people must not be determined by where they’re born, or what their background is.

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How is the SNP improving the system that supports care experienced children and young people?

We want all children and young people to get the most out of the learning opportunities available to them, which means ensuring every young person is given an equal chance to fulfil their potential.

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How is the SNP improving the system that supports care experienced children and young people?

In government, we are undertaking a root and branch review of the system that supports children in care system – something that has never been done in any other country. This review will look at its underpinning laws, practices, culture and ethos, and will be driven by those who have experience of care. The experiences…

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What is the named person?

The named person is a single professional point of contact for all children and their families, but also for other professionals. It is in no way an attempt to take over any aspect of the role of the child’s parent or carer and nothing in the legislation changes parental rights and responsibilities. We know that mothers and fathers are, with a very few exceptions, the best people to raise their children.

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How are the SNP Scottish Government supporting Higher Education?

The SNP Scottish Government has placed the principle of higher education based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay at the heart of what we believe and we will continue to fund our commitment to free tuition.

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What is the National Improvement Framework?

The National Improvement Framework will make sure that every child will have information about how they are progressing, teachers will have a clear understanding of the improvements required, and parents will have meaningful information about how their child is progressing. The introduction of national standardised assessments is not about narrowing the curriculum or forcing teachers…

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What is the SNP’s position on tuition fees?

One of the very first acts of the new SNP Government was to restore Scotland’s historic tradition of free education and scrap tuition fees. We have always maintained that access to education should be based on the ability to learn not on the ability to pay.

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What has the SNP done for Scotland’s college students?

The SNP Government have spent more on Scotland’s colleges than Labour ever did, with a college resource budget of over £588 million in 2018-19. We have also delivered our commitment to maintain 116,000 full-time equivalent college places and have exceeded that target every year since 2011 – we will continue this commitment over the next five…

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