Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney, Liam McArthur, has described his party's Education Bounce Back plans as being 'vitally important' for Orkney's recovery from the pandemic.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have announced a number of ambitious measures to improve education across Scotland, including more in-class support, a guaranteed week at an education centre or every pupil and raising the starting age for formal schooling to 7.
Commenting on the proposals, Mr McArthur said:
"Children and young people in Orkney and across the country have experienced significant disruption to their education over the past year due to the challenges of remote learning.
"While Scottish Liberal Democrats secured an additional £80million of investment into education in the recent budget, more is still needed to get Scotland's education system back on track.
"That's why we're putting recovery first for education by outlining an Education Bounce Back plan which will extend the Pupil Equity Fund to provide more in-class support and increase outdoor education opportunities to enhance young people's educational experience and improve mental health.
"Our plans also include investing more in the teaching profession to better support our teaching staff who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
"I believe that the Education Bounce Back plan will be vitally important for Orkney's recovery. It can help shape the future of Scotland's education system to give young people in the islands and across the country the best chance to achieve their potential."
Notes to Editors:
-The Educational Bounce Back plan will introduce for this August:
- A teach job guarantee
- More pupil support assistants
- Expansion of outdoor learning and increased provision of residential outdoor education
- Investment in local grassroots activities and sports with new funded entitlements for children and young people to use over the holidays
- A new programme of extra supported study for S4-S6 guided by the judgment of class teachers
- A legal right for families to both defer P1 and have it replaced with early learning and childcare
- The enhanced Pupil Equity Funding won by the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the budget