Rennie: SNP mismanaging education and leaving children in care behind


Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to combat the low numbers of pupils in care achieving positive educational outcomes, after new figures reveal that less than 50% of pupils in care achieve standard qualifications in writing and numeracy.  

New figures released today show that just 40% of children in care achieve relevant writing qualifications for their stage, compared to 70% of all children.  

The figures also indicate that only 46% of children in care achieve the appropriate numeracy qualifications for their stage. By contrast, 76% of all other children achieve these outcomes.  

Commenting on the figures, Mr Rennie said:  

“These figures show that too many children in care are being left behind by an SNP Government which has mismanaged our education system.

“Children in care deserve better than this and support so that they can achieve just like everyone else.

“The SNP Government was slow footed on the poverty related attainment gap and slipping performance. It failed to move quickly with programmes like early learning and childcare and the pupil equity fund. It still hasn’t distributed the free laptops to pupils. The government was slow footed on all this and is fixated by pointless measures like national testing.

“It’s why we desperately need a set of reforms and improvement that works so that more children aren’t let down.”


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