Alasdair Allan MSP

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Alasdair Allan MSP

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  • Member for: Na h-Eileanan an Iar
  • Region: Highlands and Islands
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan)

I think that we all agree on the importance of closing the attainment gap—



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Dr Allan

It would help if I put my card in the console. [Laughter.]



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Dr Allan

We all accept the importance of closing the attainment gap, but does the member dissociate herself from attempts to misrepresent the nature of the problem? I am thinking of some extraordinary comments in this week’s Mail on Sunday, in which the claim was made that

“20% of our pupils are in a school where they have literally no chance whatsoever of going into either tertiary education, skills training or any kind of productive activity.”

I hope that the member will either name those schools or dissociate herself from such a claim.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan)

The provision of first aid in primary schools and nurseries is a matter for the education authority or nursery provider itself in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Occupiers’ Liability (Scotland) Act 1960 and, where appropriate, the Schools (Safety and Supervision of Pupils) Scotland Regulations 1990.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dr Allan

As I said, the 1990 regulations make certain specifications in the area and, in the first instance, any specific concerns that the member has should be raised with the local authority concerned. The Scottish Government is leading a review of the administration of issues such as medicines in schools.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan)

Education Scotland undertook an interim evaluation of a sample of primary and secondary schools between January and June 2014 to evaluate the approaches that were being adopted to promote political literacy and to prepare young people to vote in the referendum. The evaluation involved discussions with school staff, with partners including the Electoral Commission and with pupils themselves, and it found that, in best practice, schools demonstrated clear vision and strong leadership for the development of young people’s political literacy. Education Scotland is committed to sharing that good practice more widely.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dr Allan

As both I and the member have mentioned, schools have an array of different strategies to support the development of responsible citizenship, and one of the tenets of curriculum for excellence is to encourage that diversity of approach. However, many schools have also established successful engagement with partners, including the Scottish Parliament education service and electoral registration officers, who have ensured that, this time around, young people have taken up the right that I think we all want them to take up in all future elections.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan)

A range of activity to take forward the recommendations has been undertaken. Investment in glow has continued and, last weekend, glow was fully transitioned to a new, flexible, cloud-based arrangement. Nationally procured core services including collaboration tools, email, blogs, wikis and storage have been implemented and users can now personalise their own glow services through a library of educational applications.

Support and training are available to help teachers to make informed decisions on how best to use glow, and options for the future evolution of glow are being considered.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dr Allan

We are at the stage at which it could be said that glow is almost device agnostic—it is encouraging of new approaches—and we are supportive of that attitude. Through our technical and operational advisory group, which is comprised of ICT managers, information security officers and others, we will continue to promote that diversity of approach.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan)

Relationship, sexual health and parenthood education is an integral part of the health and wellbeing organiser of the curriculum. We will publish finalised guidance on that later this year. We recognise the importance of the guidance and want to ensure that we strike the right balance.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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YesCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-09963: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09140.2: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06643: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05154: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/12/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04313: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-03004: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/05/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-00959: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/09/2011 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S3M-08121: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/03/2011 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S3M-07960: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2011 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S3M-07856: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/02/2011 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-00084: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/05/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-00037: Alasdair Allan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/05/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3O-13444: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40450: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-40318: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-38093: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/12/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-37604: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3O-10498: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/05/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-32754: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/03/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-32185: Alasdair Allan, Western Isles, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/03/2010 Show Full Question >>