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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Neil Bibby (West Scotland) (Lab)

At the Education and Culture Committee meeting on Tuesday, Mike Russell said:

“As for teacher numbers, I am very keen to maintain and, if possible, expand them.”—[Official Report, Education and Culture Committee, 7 October 2014; c 27.]

That was a bit surprising, given that Mr Russell and the Scottish Government have cut teacher numbers by nearly 4,000 since they came to power. The Educational Institute of Scotland has described those comments as a highly significant development—



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Neil Bibby

—in the same week that the Scottish Parent Teacher Council raised concerns about a shortage of teachers. I therefore ask Mr Swinney to give us a clear answer: how many more teachers will the budget provide, and will those teachers be in classrooms next August?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Neil Bibby (West Scotland) (Lab)

On the implementation of the new national qualifications, we have teachers who have never been so angry and parents and pupils have been worried and stressed. Yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning told the Education and Culture Committee that he has made mistakes. When people make mistakes, the normal thing to do is to apologise for them. Will the minister do what Mike Russell did not do yesterday and apologise to teachers, parents and pupils in Scotland for his Government’s mismanagement of the curriculum for excellence, or is he, too, happy to hide behind everybody else?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Neil Bibby (West Scotland) (Lab)

Delivering the living wage through procurement is a good thing, so it is a shame that the SNP did not think that a couple of months ago when it voted against that in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Since 2008, ScotRail has made £100 million of profit, 95 per cent of which has gone to shareholders. What are the projected profits for the new franchise holder? How much money will be taken out of and not reinvested in the Scottish rail network?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Neil Bibby (West Scotland) (Lab)

Cabinet secretary, you mentioned that worries have been expressed by teachers. Earlier this year, the teaching unions said that they had never experienced so much anger, frustration and disappointment with the exams authority as they were currently witnessing. We asked teachers, parents and pupils some questions ahead of this morning’s meeting, and I will ask you some questions on their behalf.

The first question comes from a principal physics teacher:

“Why not postpone the cessation of the ‘old’ Advanced Higher for a year so that pupils who are following the ‘old’ Higher will have a continuous experience? The new CfE Advanced Higher is significantly different—pupils who followed the ‘old’ Higher will be disadvantaged.”

What is your response to that teacher?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Neil Bibby

Thank you for your commitment to that, cabinet secretary.

Teachers are raising concerns about the possible disadvantage that the new advanced higher could create for pupils. Another physics teacher said:

“I greatly appreciate the extra INSET days allocated to prepare resources for implementation of the new curriculum. However, too many of the resources that I produced on these days are now redundant as the SQA has continuously changed the guidelines. I attended a meeting in February where the SQA assured the community of physics teachers that there would be no changes to the guidelines after April 2014. They stated that changes may be made after the 2015 exam diet. This has not been the case across the range of levels. Changes have been made across the whole of the secondary curriculum over the recent months, with the most recent being published at the end of September 2014.”

That physics teacher asked:

“Can the government intervene to prevent the SQA making further changes to the curriculum or that when changes are made they are not for the current teaching session but for future sessions?”



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Neil Bibby

Another question that was asked by a science teacher was:

“Why do people who have not been in a classroom for years think that subjects such as Biology and Physics can be taught at N4 and N5 in the same classroom? They are totally different courses.”

What would you say to that teacher?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Neil Bibby

I thank you for that answer, but I think that those incidents are not isolated. We are hearing more and more concerns along those lines.

In March 2012, you said:

“I do not believe that any teacher in Scotland who has the right support, the right help and the right leadership—which will come from the Government, from Education Scotland, from their local authority and from within their school—cannot rise to the challenge and deliver the conclusion of a programme that has been eight years in the making.”—[Official Report, 8 March 2012; c 7003.]

Why then did we hear last week that at least a third of courses will be delivered for the existing higher this year? Is it because, as the EIS survey said, the new higher was ranked as excellent by 1 per cent of teachers and as poor by 65 per cent of teachers?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Neil Bibby

How can you assert that teachers have had the right support, help and leadership when at least a third—we do not know the exact figures—of courses will be provided for the existing higher? How can you say that you have provided the right help?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Neil Bibby

You said that the right support, help and leadership would come, but teachers are saying that they did not come. The Royal Society of Edinburgh has said that there has been

“the lack of a systematic strategy”

for the implementation of curriculum for excellence. I see that you are smiling at that. That is not a laughing matter.

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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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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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