Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Glasgow SNP would seek to raise attainment amongst our young people as a top priority following the local election in May. Despite some improvement in certain indicators, Glasgow continues to poor levels of attainment when compared with the Scottish average.
Glasgow SNP Education spokeswoman, Councillor Jennifer Dunn, outlined the SNP plans for improving attainment: “While we recognise the tremendous efforts of staff and pupils in working to improve some of Glasgow’s attainment indicators, we in the SNP believe that more can be done to get the best results for our young people.
“At the recent budget meeting, the SNP proposed funding to establish an Attainment Task Force for Glasgow. Recognising the benefits of additional support in our schools, this team of secondary teachers would be tasked with working with schools to improve attainment levels. A similar scheme already exists in West Dunbartonshire and we would look to learn from their experience. As well as learning from other authorities, we would actively engage with teachers and trade unions to find ways to improve attainment in our schools.
“The SNP in Glasgow would also convene an attainment summit, to examine ways in which the Council, the Scottish Government, pupils, parents, staff and the trade unions could improve attainment for our young people. By employing a collegiate approach, we hope to have users and providers buy into a new way of working in Glasgow.
“As Scotland’s economic engine, we need to provide outr young people with the best chance in life. The SNP is committed to let our youth flourish and help to build Glasgow’s economy in future years.