Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on education

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Here we look at education and early years.


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Media captionScottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon makes pledges on education
  • a baby box of essential items for every newborn
  • increase early years education and childcare to 30 hours per week
  • expand the Attainment Fund and invest an additional £750m in the next parliament to close the gap in educational attainment
  • university education will remain free of tuition fees

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Media captionScottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale makes pledges on education
  • 1p on all rates of income tax for education, 50p top rate for those earning more than £150,000
  • Fair Start Fund of £300 for every nursery pupil from a deprived background, with head teachers receiving £1,000 for every primary pupil from a deprived background
  • universal Scottish graduate certificate encompassing academic, vocational and voluntary achievement
  • every child in care that wants to go to higher education given full grant support of £6,000

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Media captionScottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson makes pledges on education
  • attainment money should follow the pupil
  • unfreeze council tax to fund education
  • graduates to pay £6,000 towards their education once they are earning more than £20,000 a year
  • reverse cuts to Scotland's further education sector

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Media captionScottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie makes pledges on education
  • 1p on all rates of income tax for education leading to raise more than £500m for schools, colleges and nurseries
  • £170m per year for Pupil Premium to provide extra help to children who need it at school and no national testing
  • reverse college cuts with £108m investment in a year
  • extend free nursery provision to all two-year-old children, with extra support for the most vulnerable families from an earlier age

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Media captionScottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie makes pledges on education
  • an additional 4,000 full-time equivalent school teachers to be hired over the course of the coming parliament
  • statutory guarantee of minimum education hours for every Scottish child of 27.5 hours a week during secondary and 25 hours during primary
  • all students will be entitled to a non-repayable living grant as a step towards a Citizen's Income
  • resist plans for a return to standardised national testing in schools

  • reintroduce grammar schools
  • create technical schools on the German model for those not academically inclined

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