Education gave me the best start in life. We need to prepare our young people for their future, with the best start they can have. Investing in young people is not just right for this generation, but the next and the next one after that.
If we nurture strong, engaged and ambitious young people now, we can be sure that Scotland in years to come will be the best it can be. It all starts with schools.
Scottish schools can be the best in the world. Here’s the Labour plan to do it.
1. Use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to stop the cuts and invest in education
2. An independent review of teachers’ pay, conditions and career structure to re-establish the profession as world leading, and attract new teachers to it.
3. A commitment to urgently commission the design of a systematic focused literacy and numeracy programme as recommended by the government’s international advisers.
4. Halt the centralisation of schools through regional directors and maintain local budgeting.
5. Re-establish an independent inspectorate and immediately task the Chief Inspector with producing an improvement plan for curriculum for excellence, from primary one to sixth year of high school.
6. An expert group to plan reform of the senior phase of school, increasing vocational strands for example through skills academies and Further Education partnerships.
7. Introduce a Scottish Graduation Certificate for all at 18, reflecting achievement in exam, vocational, work experience and voluntary learning.
8. Bursaries for teacher training in shortage subjects, beginning with Mathematics and Physics.
9. Establish a Breakfast club in every school.
10. Establish a Homelink worker and mental health counsellor in every secondary school cluster.