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Highland Council Schools Ranked Worse for Numeracy and Literacy in Scotland

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“We used to be proud of Scottish education” Jamie Stone calls on UK Government to work with Scottish Government to improve numeracy and literacy skills

Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has today called on the UK Government to share its “best practices” with the Scottish Government to improve numeracy and literacy skills amongst primary school children.

The call comes in light of the news that Highland Council schools have been ranked the worst for in the whole of Scotland.

Mr Stone commented:

“Both UK and Scottish Governments have not given parents, teachers and pupils a fair deal throughout this pandemic.

“No P7 child should be entering secondary school unprepared and on the backfoot.

“I am down-heartened and disturbed to learn that Highland Council schools rank the worst in Scotland, but I imagine our teachers feel this all the more acutely when they work tirelessly to prepare our children for their next steps.

“I do not for a second doubt the commitment of our teachers, but they can only work with what they are given.

“The Scottish Government is throwing away the future of this country – Scottish education used to be something to be proud of, it was accepted as one of the best systems in the world.

“Now we’ve come to this.

“The Scottish Government needs to get a grip on this literacy and numeracy crisis.

“I hope to see the UK and Scottish Governments working together on this issue to ensure that all children – no matter which corner of the UK they grow up in – is given a fair shot.”

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