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Ministers to promote changes to school closure law

18 November 2013

Legislation to change the law on school closures has been promised by the Scottish Government. following a public consultation.

The proposed changes will include clarifying the presumption against closure of rural schools, requiring clear financial information to be set out for a school closure proposal, and additional advice to ministers from Education Scotland when they are considering closure proposals.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell announced the measures as part of the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education. They are intended to ensure that the process becomes more transparent, with better information for parents and communities.

Mr Russell commented: "Responses to the consultation broadly supported the changes to the law proposed by the Scottish Government.

“Our commitment to making these changes to the consultation process for school closures underlines the Government’s belief that education authorities must give extremely careful consideration to a range of matters when bringing forward any closure proposal.

“I am absolutely determined that educational benefit should remain an important part of any proposal – and I am convinced these amendments we will bring forward will ensure this remains central to the decision-making process.”

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