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Full Council Meeting Report 28/06/18

by jamescalder on 4 July, 2018

Last week the last meeting of the Full Fife Council met before the Summer break. A number of substantive items were discussed. During Question Time I asked two questions last week. One was regarding a recent EIS survey which showed very low levels of teacher morale, asking how the Council would deal with this. The […]

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The Education and Children’s Services Committee met earlier today and a number of substantive items were discussed. Looking back at the minutes of the previous meeting, an update on the Dunfermline and West Fife Catchment Consultation took place. There is one final consultation event taking place tomorrow at Inverkeithing High School and there is still […]

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Woodmill High School Parking Issues

by jamescalder on 18 May, 2018

Over the past few weeks a number of residents have raised to me their concerns about some of the parking taking place by some parents outside of Woodmill High School. These are issues which seem to be causing a lot of distress for those living nearby, especially around the Shields Road area. Common complaints include […]

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Pest Control Issues in Schools

by jamescalder on 17 May, 2018

Figures uncovered by Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder show that pest controllers have dealt with over 500 infestations schools and nurseries in the current academic year alone. Councillor Calder has said, I am concerned about the numbers of incidents that pest controllers have been brought out to deal with infestations in Fife’s […]

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Early Years Expansion Cost Concerns

by jamescalder on 14 May, 2018

The Scottish Government will soon be rolling out the expansion of free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1140 hours. However while Fife Council anticipates the cost for Fife will be £37.369 million by 2021-22, the Scottish Government will only be allocating £36.810 million to Fife which Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor […]

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In December last year 95 children were placed in Inverkeithing High School due to the lack of capacity at Woodmill. While they were eventually all able to be placed in schools in Dunfermline, this was due to placing requests and Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson and Councillor for Dunfermline South has called for the Council to […]

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Increase of Home-Schooled Pupils in Fife

by jamescalder on 9 May, 2018

Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Cllr. James Calder has uncovered figures showing between 2012-2017 the number of home-schooled pupils in Fife have more than doubled from 37 to 75. Cllr. Calder wants to know why this increase has been taking place. Cllr. Calder has said, There have been national trends in increased home-schooling, with common […]

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Full Council Meeting Report 03/05/18

by jamescalder on 8 May, 2018

Last week there was a meeting of the Full Council and there are a number of items to report on. Early on in the meeting there was a fantastic presentation by some young people on the Year of Young People which showcases some of the inspiring events taking place this year. During the Council Co-leaders […]

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A total of 30 schools in Fife have ageing fire alarm systems which do not have either smoke or heat detection. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has raised concerns about this issue. Cllr. Calder has said, It is deeply worrying in light of the recent fire which burnt down much of Cairneyhill […]

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Yesterday the Education and Children’s Services Committee met and some important decisions have been made, most notably regarding the Dunfermline and West Fife’s Catchment Areas. The first part of the meeting involved making a decision on term dates over the coming years and this was agreed quickly. The next part of the agenda was on […]

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