Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has launched a 'Programme for Government'.
Scottish Ministers' legislative and non-legislative priorities for 2011-12 include:
- the Rights of Children and Young People Bill to be enshrined in law (Scottish Ministers' duty to have due regard to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when exercising their responsibilities) consultation on the Bill (plus "We will build on our Children’s Rights Bill, in the next session, with a Children’s Services Bill");
- an "Opportunities for All" initiative "a commitment that every single 16-19 year old in Scotland will be offered a learning or training place if they are not in already in a job, a Modern Apprenticeship or in education. Mr Russell the education secretary will announce further details of Opportunities for all in his statement next week";
- "to keep university education free for Scottish students";
- to "maintain bursary support to help young people remain engaged in college and training";
- "investment in 14,500 pre-employment training opportunities";
- to "continue to fund the Educational Maintenance Allowance for young people in school and college";
- an Early Years Change Fund;
- to "develop family centres, a national parenting strategy and a modern careers service;
- "a European-style system of language teaching"; and
- "a new programme of Scottish Studies, so our children acquire a deeper understanding of their own diverse culture and Scotland's place in the world".
(See our Blog post on Scottish Studies.)
Commenting on the launch of the Programme for Government, Senior Professional Officer (Scotland) Maureen Laing said:
“Voice welcomes the proposals that affect all sectors of education as part of the Scottish legislative programme, and the pledges on support for both learners and teachers.
"However, the detail of these proposals will be key. We look forward to hearing further details and to the opportunity to be consulted at the appropriate time.”
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