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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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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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