Fall in literacy skills in Scottish schools

STANDARDS of literacy in Scottish primary and secondary schools are falling, according to a worrying new survey.

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SNP “stealth” cut to Scotland’s world class research

SNP “stealth” cut to Scotland’s world class research

Iain Gray

On Monday my Shadow Cabinet colleagues and I went to Aberdeen. It was there, at Aberdeen University’s Rowett institute that I saw the astonishing work being led by Professor Lora Heisler on the neuroscience of obesity.  Ground breaking work has identified the neurons which control appetite, and ways to switch them on and off.  The potential for a breakthrough on halting the “obesity epidemic” is immense. Continue reading “SNP “stealth” cut to Scotland’s world class research”

SNP Education Failures

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Another superb bit of research, this time from Do Not Break Our Unity

SNP dismal record on education:-

1. SNP failed miserably on education:-
http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/snp-failed-miserably-on-education-1.730453

2. SNP abandons teachers and smaller class sizes:-
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/snp-budget-abandons-teachers-and-smaller-class-sizes.115065994

3. SNP have broken their promises on primary school class sizes:-
http://www.milngavieherald.co.uk/news/local-headlines/mp-slams-snp-for-failing-to-deliver-on-class-sizes-1-3654138

4. SNP ‘failing miserably’ on teacher numbers:-
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/SNP/11285820/SNP-failing-miserably-on-teacher-numbers.html

5. Shortfall of £11.2 million in further education bursary funds available to college students.:-
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/nus-scotland-launch-campaign-after-4865813

6. Salmond criticized over SNP education record:-
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11213867/Alex-Salmond-challenged-over-shameful-education-record.html

7. SNP MSP John Mason wants creationism in Scottish schools:-
http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/analysis/307718-snp-msp-john-mason-wants-to-see-creationism-in-schools-no-really/

8. SNP coerced independent body to delete critical comments about Scotland’s education system:-
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/10981681/SNP-pressurised-public-spending-watchdog-to-water-down-education-report.html

As you can see from the information in the pages linked above, the SNP have failed our children and young people dismally. The only way to have even a chance of reversing the decline in education is to vote them out in May 2015.

This is despite an education underspend (money held back from the budget) of £165,000,000 in the year 2013-2014.

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