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Scottish Government Response to the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education, 13/06/13 [S]

The Scottish Governmentís formal response to the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education report has been made in the Scottish Parliament, with the vast majority of the reportís recommendations accepted.

However, recommendation 20, to lessen the need to show education benefit in the consideration of a school closure, was not accepted. The Scottish Government and COSLA will work closely together on how to reduce the number of call-in requests and explore options in the coming weeks on how to ensure the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 is working effectively, including the possibility of final decisions being taken independently.

The Education Secretary said:

ďI intend to use the Children and Young People Bill to bring forward any legislative changes required to the Act and there will also be further guidance to improve the understanding of the process".

For full details see the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government websites.

Further Information

Scottish Government Response to the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education

Scottish Parliament Official Report 13 June 2013

Scottish Government news release