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School closures Written Answer, 06/06/11 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Mike MacKenzie's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Executive whether there is guidance on appropriate ways to consult children regarding proposals to close schools; and whether it recommends the involvement of external bodies in assisting local authorities on consulting with children regarding proposals for school closures and, if so, which bodies does it recommend.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, replied that following the introduction of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, and Children in Scotland, produced practical guidance aimed at assisting local authorities in undertaking their duty to consult children and young people. Participants, Not Pawns (Guidance on Consulting with Children and Young People on School Closures and other significant changes) is referred to in the official Scottish Government guidance on the 2010 Act.

It is for local authorities to decide how to consult with children regarding proposals for school closures.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 6 June 2011 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 6 June 2011
Participants, Not Pawns (Guidance on Consulting with Children and Young People on School Clsures and other significant changes)