Consultation on the Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education

Bòrd na Gàidhlig today launched a formal consultation on the Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education. The consultation will run from 1 August until 1 November with individuals and organisations nationally being encouraged to respond. The consultation can be accessed by visiting the Bòrd’s website with responses being invited either online or by post.

The Statutory Guidance is an important part of the 2016 Education (Scotland) Act which was passed earlier this year. Once the views of respondents have been analysed, Bòrd na Gàidhlig will complete the Guidance and provide advice to Scottish Ministers on an implementation process.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), Shona MacLennan said: “This is an important new duty on Bòrd na Gàidhlig which we have been planning for some time now. We hope that there is a comprehensive response to the draft which will also form a significant part of the education element of the 2017-2022 Gaelic Language Plan. We would encourage all those with an interest in Gaelic education and indeed, the Gaelic language to make every effort to respond to this important consultation.”

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skill, John Swinney said: “Gaelic education is key to the Scottish Government’s commitment to grow the number of those using the language and it is essential that clear guidance is available to all those involved in Gaelic Education to ensure that providers, learners, carers and educators are aware of what they can expect from the sector.” “Demand for Gaelic education is growing across Scotland and, in response, we have brought forward the three Gaelic provisions contained in the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 with this draft Statutory Guidance the first to be enacted.”

Bruce Robertson, Chair of the group which developed the draft Statutory Guidance said: “The Group which has been working on the Statutory Guidance has already taken into account the legislative dimensions of the 2016 Act and the views of those who have attended events across the country. The Group represents Local Authorities, COSLA, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. We are now in a position to seek formal responses to the document which, once in place, is going to be a critical milestone for Gaelic education. It makes clear what parents and carers can expect as well as setting out formally the responsibilities of Local Authorities. It also establishes clear expectations on a range of elements of Gaelic education from Early Years through to Secondary Education.”

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For further information on the contents of this news release please contact Steven MacIver, Head of Communications, Marketing & IT at Bòrd na Gàidhlig by e-mailing steven@gaidhlig.scot or phoning 07595763071