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Pitreavie Primary Parking Issues

by jamescalder on 22 December, 2018

Earlier this week I met with members of the South Dunfermline Community Council and the Council’s Transportation Department to look at the parking issues at Pitreavie Primary School. This allowed us to review the problems caused by inconsiderate parking by a minority of parents. Issues included some parking on the roundabout, by junctions and over […]

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Fife to be first Council to scrap P1 National Tests

by jamescalder on 13 December, 2018

At the Full Council Meeting of Fife Council it was decided to pull out of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments for Primary 1 Pupils. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has welcomed this decision. Cllr. Calder has said, Over the past few months both at the Scottish Parliament and Fife Council have made […]

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Final School Week Attendance Drop Concerning

by jamescalder on 23 November, 2018

Figures obtained by Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder have shown that attendances at both Primary and Secondary School level during the last week of term have reduced in Fife over the past three years. For secondary, it has reduced from 82.3% in the 15/16 session to 77.3% in the 17/18 session, while […]

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Brexit Impact on Teacher Recruitment

by jamescalder on 7 November, 2018

At a meeting of the Education and Children’s Services Committee of Fife Council, the utilisation of overseas markets to help deal with the teacher shortage was reported on. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder asked whether Brexit would impact this. Cllr. Calder has said, As overseas recruitment was mentioned as one of the […]

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P1 National Tests to Continue

by jamescalder on 6 November, 2018

Despite a majority of Councillors voting to suspend SNSA assessments for P1s in Fife today at the Education and Children’s Services Committee, due to the votes of Religious Representatives along with SNP Councillors, the assessments will continue. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Cllr. James Calder has expressed disappointment at this. Cllr. Calder has said, It […]

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P1 National Testing

by jamescalder on 5 October, 2018

At the Fife Full Council it was agreed that the Scottish Government to withdraw the requirement for P1 SNSA Assessments and that Fife should look to ending these tests. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson James Calder led the debate and has welcomed the outcome. Cllr. Calder has said, After leading the debate today, I welcome […]

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At today’s Full Fife Council Meeting, Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and Councillor for Dunfermline South James Calder asked the Council  a question on whether options other than the mooted joint campus with Fife College were being considered for replacing Woodmill and St Columba’s. Cllr. Calder has said, Many constituents have raised concerns about a […]

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Worrying Levels of Teacher Vacancies

by jamescalder on 3 October, 2018

Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has expressed concerns over teacher vacancy numbers as schools approach the October break. Currently there are the following teacher vacancies in Fife: Primary – 4 x Headteacher posts                  4 x Depute Headteacher posts             […]

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Catchment Changes Made

by jamescalder on 19 September, 2018

At yesterday’s Education and Children’s Services Committee catchment changes have finally been made for the schools of Dunfermline and West Fife. I was delighted there was unanimous approval for what I believe were sensible proposals. The agreement made included ensuring all pupils in Dunfermline, including those from Masterton Primary, got to go to school in […]

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Education Committee of 28/08/18

by jamescalder on 11 September, 2018

The most recent Education Committee has been fairly controversial in some issues, and I felt it was important to get my points of view on the topics raised. There was a report on Building Fife’s future – The School Estate which focussed on the new High Schools needing built in Fife – totalling 5. I […]

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