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SNP criticised for lack of school inspectors

Parents across Scotland are being let down by a lack of school inspectors, the Scottish Conservatives said today.

New figures released in a parliamentary written answer show there are only 66 school inspectors employed across Scotland.
This is compared to 80 who were employed when the SNP first came to power.
Previously it was revealed that fewer than six per cent of Scotland’s primaries and secondaries were inspected last year, meaning thousands of children will go through their full education career without their school ever being assessed.
And just 137 of the country’s 2543 schools were inspected last year, with no plans to significantly increase that in 2015/16.
The Scottish Conservatives are calling on the Scottish Government to ensure that there are sufficient inspectors on the job to undertake more regular inspections to provide parents with adequate updates on the progress made by their children's school.
Scottish Conservative young people spokeswoman Liz Smith said:
“The SNP are letting down parents badly. Not only do we have a decrease in school inspections but we also find that the number of inspectors is falling.
“Everyone knows that many inspectors have found themselves seconded to do other work in schools during the development stage of Curriculum for Excellence and this has put unacceptable pressure on the inspection programme. This is not good enough and parents across Scotland deserve better.
“Inspections are vitally important because they provide parents with the necessary information to make informed decisions about where to send their children to school. It is therefore essential that there are sufficient inspectors on the job.
"It is also important to re-establish an independent inspectorate, outwith the arms of the Scottish Government, so parents know that when their school is assessed, it is done so entirely separately from those who set the policy.”

Good news for Scotland’s economy despite SNP ‘spreading doom’ on Brexit

Good news for Scotland’s economy despite SNP ‘spreading doom’ on Brexit

Unemployment has fallen substantially both in Scotland and the UK, despite the SNP “spreading doom” on the impact of Brexit.

New figures have revealed the number of people looking for a job north of the border has fallen by 14,000, while wages are also on the rise.

It means the unemployment rate fell to just 3.9 per cent for the period between June and August this year.

The UK-wide unemployment rate also fell considerably, and now stands at only four per cent.

The Office for National Statistics said pay rose by 3.1 per cent in the last quarter, outstripping the inflation level of 2.5 per cent.

The improved position comes despite the SNP relentlessly warning about the consequences of leaving the European Union.

Only yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke in London to speculate about the impact, and reiterated her desire to reverse the June 2016 vote.

However, the Scottish Conservatives have now told the SNP government to stop the scare-mongering, and start examining the opportunities which will be presented once the Brexit process is complete.


Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary Dean Lockhart said:

“For all the Brexit-related scaremongering from the SNP, it appears the economy both in Scotland and the rest of the UK is performing well.

“This is in the face of an SNP government which is refusing to examine the opportunities of Brexit, and using it only to spread doom and rabble-rouse for independence.

“These figures do fluctuate, but this encouraging news at least suggests there could well be a good future for Scotland’s economy once we’ve left the European Union.”




Notes to editors:


The statistics were released this morning:

Sturgeon’s Brexit intervention all about independence

Sturgeon’s Brexit intervention all about independence

Nicola Sturgeon’s latest intervention on Brexit is motivated solely by the break-up of Britain, the Scottish Conservatives have said.

Speaking in London today, the First Minister reiterated her desire for the June 2016 vote to leave the European Union to be ignored, or at least for the UK to remain in the single market and customs union.

She also claimed any concession made to Northern Ireland should apply to Scotland.

However, Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins said the SNP leader’s only reason for intervening was to push the case for another referendum on Scottish independence.

He pointed out there was nothing new in today’s speech, or indeed the accompanying paper being published by the SNP government.

Ms Sturgeon’s speech came on the same day as a new campaign for Scottish independence was launched.


Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins said:

“There was absolutely nothing new in this speech from Nicola Sturgeon.

“As ever, she is not intervening for the sake of a good Brexit deal, or for the good of the Northern Ireland border issue.

“She made this speech in the hope of drumming up the prospects for Scottish independence.

“From the second the Brexit vote became clear, that has been the SNP government’s only motivation on this issue.

“If the SNP doesn’t back a deal, it is automatically supporting a no-deal scenario – something the nationalists have admitted would be bad for Scotland.

“And, of course, they don’t care if outcomes are bad for Scotland, so long as they’re good for the prospects of another independence referendum.

“This was just the latest opportunistic contribution from Nicola Sturgeon, whose behaviour on the Brexit process has been selfish and utterly shameless.”


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