Public Petitions

 

Timetable

Details of petitions referred to the Education and Skills Committee for consideration are outlined below

Open petitions with the Education and Skills Committee      

PE01692: Inquiry into the human rights impact of GIRFEC policy and data processing.

Petitioners: Lesley Scott and Alison Preuss on behalf of the Tymes Trust and Scottish Home Education Forum.

Date Lodged: 13 June 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to initiate an independent public inquiry into the impact on human rights of the routine gathering and sharing of citizens’ personal information on which its Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) policy relies.

The petition history and submissions are here

The Education and Skills Committee considered this petition at its meeting on the 29th May 2019. 

The video of the meeting can be viewed here

The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and to the Information Commissioner.

Correspondence

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in respect of petition PE01692 seeking the Government’s perspective as to how the framework for the functioning of independent bodies operates where multiple remits are engaged on a particular issue. The Conveners letter and the Governments response is noted below.

The Convener wrote to the Information Commissioner's Office Scotland regarding petition PE01692 to seek an update on the ICO’s work following the introduction of GDPR. The Conveners letter and the Information Commissioners response is noted below.

 

PE01668: Improving literacy standards in schools through research-informed reading instruction

Petitioner: Anne Glennie

Date Lodged: 09 August 2017  

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to i) provide national guidance, support, and professional learning for teachers in research-informed reading instruction, specifically systematic synthetic phonics; ii) ensure teacher training institutions train new teachers in research-informed reading instruction, specifically systematic synthetic phonics.

The petition history and submissions are here

The Committee has received an additional submission. 

The Education and Skills Committee is due to consider this petition at its meeting on 30 October 2019.

Closed Petitions

PE01694: Free Instrumental Music Services  

Date Lodged: 19 June 2018  

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to change the law to ensure that musical instrument tuition is available as of right to all children attending state schools in Scotland who wish it, free of charge.

The petition history and submissions are here 

The Education and Skills considered the petition at it meeting on 23 January 2019. The Committee decided to keep the petition open until the Committee had responses in respect to its report on Music Tuition in schools.

The Education and Skills Committee considered this petition at its meeting on the 29th May 2019.

The video of the meeting can be viewed here

The Committee considered the petition and although the Committee agreed to close the petition on the basis of the parliamentary work undertaken in relation to the aims of the petition. The Committee also agreed to monitor the progress of a legal challenge on charging for instrumental music tuition and reserves the right to revisit this issue in its future work programme.

Petitions closed by the Public Petitions Committee

The Public Petitions Committee wrote to Convener in respect of Petitions that were closed by the Public Petitions Committee but have a link to the Education and Skills Committee work. read the correspondence below.

PE01673

PE01673: Operation and running of child protection services in Scotland

PE01704

PE01704: Improve targets and outcomes for autistic people in Scotland

 
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