Scottish Government Consultation On Devolving Finances Directly To Schools
18th June 2017
Greater direct control of funding by schools will help improve education, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said as he called for parents, teachers and young people to have their say in revamping the way schools are funded.
Speaking the day after he announced sweeping new powers for schools, Mr Swinney said it was crucial that funding decisions are taken by those who know children best and know where the funding will have the biggest impact.
A formal consultation has been launched on proposals for a fair funding system that will empower schools to better target resources, to raise attainment and close the poverty-related gap.
The DFM said:"We want far more decisions on school funding to be in the hands of those with the expertise and insight to target resources at the greatest need - the schools themselves. They know our children best and know what will best improve Scottish education. That is why we think much greater financial control should rest with teachers, parents and schools.
"This is a key part of this Government's reforms - but we want to know what parents, teachers and young people themselves think is the best way to achieve this.
"We are already giving £120 million Pupil Equity Funding directly to head teachers to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap in their schools. But the way local authorities currently allocate their £5 billion annual education spend is complex, lacks transparency and varies from council to council.
"We do not intend to develop a fixed, national formula but greater clarity and consistency is required to make sure funding goes where it is most needed.
“In our consultation, we have set out two options for a fair funding system that will devolve more control over finances to schools. These are bold and ambitious reforms and I would urge everyone with an interest to have their say before the closing date of 13 October 2017."
The Fair funding to achieve excellence and equity in education consultation proposes two possible approaches for a fair and more transparent funding model:
Enshrining a national approach to the devolution of funding within the new Headteachers' Charter; and/ or
Through increased targeting of elements of funding, building on the Pupil Equity Funding approach
To see the consultation proposals go to
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
The high winds during Storm Caroline today have caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached. The school was already closed to pupils today due to the adverse weather.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows: Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
The Highland Council expresses its deep disappointment at the news of further branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: "This will cause real difficulties for many customers and small businesses.
Highland consumers who have lost money to a scam involving payment through Western Union wire transfer between 1st January 2004 and 19th January 2017, are being encouraged by Highland Council Trading Standards to file a claim for a refund with America's Federal Trade Commission in a bid to get some or if not all of their money back. In January 2017, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million for turning a blind eye to scammers and other criminals who used its service to trick customers into paying for bogus prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products and other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront.
The Highland Council and Department for Work and Pensions are implementing plans to improve accessibility to their services. This joint venture will see the jobcentre staff co-locating with the Council and other services in the council's new modern office developments in both Fort William and Wick.
City-region deal investment means that Inverness can now be branded a digital city. Ness WiFi, a free WiFi service, which was successfully piloted earlier this year, has now been rolled out across Inverness city centre, extending to and including areas such as the High Street, the Castle, Eden Court, and the bus and railway stations.
Leisure and cultural venues currently run by council arm's-length bodies will continue to benefit from charity relief from non-domestic rates. Following lengthy consultation with stakeholders, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay today confirmed that the Scottish Government will not be accepting the recommendation of the Barclay Review to end this benefit.
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