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Rural school closure halt, 01/06/11 [S]

Scottish local authorities have been asked not to progress or bring forward new proposals to close any rural school for one year.

A Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education will be established to consider the provision of education in rural communities and to take a comprehensive look at the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, which includes a clear legislative presumption against the closure of such schools and the need for educational benefits to be the driving force in any proposed closure.

The Education Secretary has written to all local authorities regarding the moratorium, which is proposed to run from June 20, 2011, to June 20, 2012.

There are 918 schools in Scotland, across 31 local authorities, classed as 'rural' which take in 16 per cent of pupils receiving school education in Scotland.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

Further Information

Rural school closure halt