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”.Read more
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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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.”Read more
Crofting Minister Fergus Ewing today accepted the need for crofting regulation to help not hinder Shetland’s 1000 crofters. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott questioned the Minister after a parliamentary statement announcing Rod Mackenzie from Easter Ross as the new chairman of the Crofting Commission.Read more
Lerwick Power Station is set to close by 2021 with the loss of 25 permanent jobs in the islands. The energy regulator Ofgem has forced power company SSE to serve Shetland's customers with power from a cable laid on the seabed from Dounreay rather than building a new power station. Backup power will be dependent on a series of diesel powered generators if the cable breaks.Read more
Tavish has joined Orkney MSP Liam McArthur in warning that proposals for an Islands Bill must "be more than a tick box exercise".
Their comments come in response to the publication of the Islands (Scotland) Bill.Read more