23rd August - Northern Isles Digital Forum

Brae Public Hall on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Organised by Alistair Carmichael MP and Tavish Scott MSP 

Participants: 

  • BT 
  • BT Openreach
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise 
  • Vodafone 
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Tavish calls for 'McCrone 2' to boost teaching

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has called for McCrone 2 - a root and branch review and new agreement on teachers’ terms and conditions and the demands placed upon them. 

The McCrone Agreement, reached sixteen years ago, was designed to take the teaching profession into the 21st century. 

Tavish Scott argued that a new independent root and branch review of the conditions teachers are working under is necessary given that workloads continue to increase and more powers and responsibilities are set to be handed to schools and headteachers

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 4th August

Imagine waiting 4 hours to pass through Sumburgh security? Indeed. It just does not happen. But that is the reality facing thousands of holiday makers going through airports across Europe this week. The English school holidays have started and August is a very busy month of travel from British airports to the Mediterranean. Holiday companies warned the government earlier in the year that immigration and passport control would be much stricter this summer at places like Majorca’s Palma airport. And so it has proved. I can only feel sorry for parents caught with children in a hot stuffy airport sitting on the floor for hour after hour snaking very slowly towards a passport check. 

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Tavish attacks SNP for burying critical education report

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish today attacked the Scottish Government for burying a new report by its International Council of Education Advisers, which contained criticisms of the SNP Government’s approach.

The Council expressed concerns that “…education policy was moving away from the ‘whole child’ approach of CfE towards a more specific, measurable approach…”. The experts also “advised against becoming too focused on changing the structure of the education system when, arguably, the more important aspects are the culture and capacity within the system”.

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Tavish Scott surgery 31st July

Monday 31st July, 1.00pm to 2.00pm;

Shetland Parliamentary Office, 171 Commercial Street, Lerwick

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 7th July 2017

Political variety is the spice of life. The final week before the school holidays featured the island games in Gotland, an education debate at Holyrood and a mad rush for a flight connection at Stockholm Airport with an Orcadian athlete and the convener of the Shetland Islands Council! 

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Tavish calls for more action on 'pitiful' broadband

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has called for more details on the next phase of the broadband rollout, after a study published today by consumer watchdog Which? found that Shetland has the second-worst broadband speeds in the UK.

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 23rd June 2017

How does government change the delivery of education? Or maybe a better question is, should it?

For understandable reasons the Scottish government is worried. Scotland’s educational standard has been falling. Successive international studies that compare results on subjects such as maths and look at writing and arithmetic show some worrying trends. 

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Tavish leads debate on Island Games

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Shetland MSP Tavish Scott this week led a debate on the Island Games in the Scottish Parliament.

Using a Members’ Business Debate to draw attention to this year’s Games in Gotland, Tavish called on Scottish ministers to introduce an island fund to help athletes with the cost of travel, and pressed the importance of Shetland hosting the Games in the future. 

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Tavish warns ministers against dictating to HIE

Tavish has today warned SNP Ministers must not “dictate to Highlands and Islands Enterprise” following the publication of the government’s controversial Enterprise and Skills Stage 2 review.   

The report, published today following a six month campaign and two parliamentary defeats on the government’s proposed plans, sets out an “absolute expectation that the agencies will work to align their delivery with the priorities set out by the Strategic Board.” 

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