Education matters to local people
Great night listening to the concerns of people in the Kay Park area and informing them of my plans to tackle some of these concerns.
I was interested to hear from a number of mothers tonight who have reservations about the Curriculum for Excellence, how they don’t know much about it and are worried about its value.
Through my work in East Ayrshire with; Crosshouse Youth Club, Newmilns Youth Club, the New Start project and other projects, I have seen firsthand how CofE is supporting in a positive way children and young people from all backgrounds. The programme is a flexible approach to learning which takes into consideration that not all children learn well by being spoken to.
As a Scottish Conservative I believe CofE is a great approach to teaching however support does need to be in place for teaching staff to deliver courses using this approach. I am also a big advocate of ensuring schools have greater autonomy over their own budgets. By removing the control Councillors currently have over how budges are spent could mean that money is spent more efficiently and on resources teaching staff actually need.
On our educational premises, I firmly believe that these are community assets and as such they should all be opened up to greater community use. Allowing groups to use the gyms, swimming pools, football pitches, recording studies, and meeting rooms is a positive method for greater community integration.