Scottish election 2021: Tories' manifesto for education

The Conservatives want to keep exams and introduce a national Covid 'catch-up' tutoring scheme

Henry Hepburn

Scottish election 2021: The Scottish Conservatives' manifesto for education

The Scottish Conservatives have today launched their manifesto for the 6 May Scottish Parliament election.

Scottish Parliament election 2021: The Conservatives' pledges on education

Here are some of the Tories' key manifesto commitments on education:

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  • A £120 million two-year "catch-up premium" to help with the post-Covid recovery in schools.

  • A £35 million national tutoring programme providing one-to-one or small-group tuition "for children who need the most help to catch up".

  • A £4 million "transition fund" to support children starting primary or secondary school in 2021.

  • Paid internships for every S4 pupil and Foundation Apprenticeships available in every school.

  • A review of "the post-18 education landscape in Scotland" in order to "rebalance the relationship between academic and vocational education".

  • "Ensure initial teacher training fully prepares all teachers to identify and support children with conditions such as dyslexia and autism".

  • £8 million in extra training for school staff and "holistic support" from mental health charities, to help pupils cope with the mental health impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • A "subject guarantee" that every student will be able to take at least seven subjects in S4.

  • Ensure that music lessons "are available to all students free of charge".

  • Introduce "dedicated PSHE (personal, social and health education) teachers in all schools".

  • A new strategy to increase the number of students taking languages in the senior phase of secondary school.

  • A "multi-year commitment to allocate £1 billion of attainment funding directly to all schools" over the next Parliament, based on deprivation levels, with "a menu of evidence-based interventions, including tutoring, for schools to inform how they choose to spend attainment funding in the way that works best for their local community".

  • A "fair funding formula" that would "pass increases to the Scottish government’s revenue budget on to councils" in order to "ensure adequate funding is available for schools in every part of Scotland".

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “We would invest £120 million this year into a 'catch-up' premium for every school child and set up a national tutoring programme for those children in most need of support.

“And over the Parliament, we will give £1 billion directly to schools for tackling the attainment gap.

“To end the SNP’s cuts to teacher numbers, we will recruit an additional 3,000 teachers.

“We would allow every primary school child a free school lunch and breakfast because – as the son of a school cook – I know the importance of nutritious meals to a child’s learning.

“And we would roll out 'wraparound' childcare, to allow kids to take part in exciting out-of-school activities and support their parents to keep a full-time job when their child starts school.”

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Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn is the news editor for Tes Scotland

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