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Law on school closures comes into force, 05/04/10 [S]

The Scottish Government has published a leaflet designed to give advice and information to parents when major changes to their child's school are proposed.

This follows the updated and strengthened consultation process which came into force on April 5, and makes clear that when any changes to schools are being considered, education must be the key priority.

It also explains the role and responsibilities of local authorities - such as consulting for six weeks during term time, holding a public meeting and asking HMIE to prepare a report - as well as covering how parents can get involved and have their voices heard.

The Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, Keith Brown, said:

"This also makes clear that there is a presumption against the closure of rural schools, meaning councils must show they've considered all viable alternatives and assessed the potential impact on the community before proposing to close a school in a rural area".

For full details see Proposed Changes to your Child's School: Guide to the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Informration

Proposed Changes to your Child's School: Guide to the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010
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