Cllr Ann Le Blond

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

With the exam sea­son now over and the sum­mer hol­i­days in full swing, I want to start by wish­ing all those who sat ex­ams this year the very best of luck when the re­sults are sent out in early Au­gust.

I am sure we can all re­mem­ber the ner­vous­ness we felt wait­ing for the post­man to de­liver our re­sults.

Nowa­days, young peo­ple have the lux­ury of mo­bile phones and email, so I hope the wait isn’t so nerve-wrack­ing.

It has been a stress­ful and test­ing pe­riod for many pupils, but I am con­fi­dent that all of their hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion to do well will have paid off in the end.

They should be very proud of their achieve­ments.

A good ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tally im­por­tant to all, and we must re­mem­ber our teach­ers work ex­tremely hard ev­ery day to en­sure this is de­liv­ered.

I would like to thank them for their un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to their pupils, of­ten span­ning over many years and in­deed, for in the next one fast ap­proach­ing.

I be­lieve it is cru­cial, that those who teach and sup­port our pupils day in, day out, should have more power and say over how their school op­er­ates.

Af­ter all they are the ones clos­est to the pupils, not the gov­ern­ment.

We have seen re­cently the SNP gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tion gov­er­nance re­forms tak­ing shape, but I be­lieve they should go fur­ther.

Rather than de­volv­ing power to re­gional boards, we should give real pow­ers to head teach­ers.

Al­low­ing head teach­ers to have con­trol of school bud­gets and teacher re­cruit­ment would be a ma­jor pos­i­tive step for­ward.

Head teach­ers know what is best for their school, and there­fore in­creased au­ton­omy would see the driv­ing up of stan­dards and aca­demic at­tain­ment of pupils by al­low­ing them to spend freely, the money re­ceived from the pupil equity fund as they think best.

A plan to al­low head teach­ers to re­cruit staff would be made stronger by chang­ing the way in which we look at at­tract­ing the best teach­ers too.

I would like to see more flex­i­bil­ity in the cur­rent sys­tem, for ex­am­ple, around at­tract­ing the bright­est grad­u­ates to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion.

Post­grad­u­ate bur­saries could be used to at­tract more peo­ple into teach­ing core sub­jects, es­pe­cially science, math­e­mat­ics, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy.

These sub­jects are ex­cep­tion­ally im­por­tant in a world which is rapidly chang­ing with new tech­nolo­gies.

With all of these ideas con­sid­ered, I be­lieve we can de­liver a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem to sup­port our pupils and teach­ers.

As your coun­cil­lor, I will con­tinue to ar­gue for these points to be de­liv­ered, so that we can see pos­i­tive out­comes for all our chil­dren and young peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

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