Views sought on future of rural education

A CONSULTATION on the delivery of rural education in Scotland has been launched on the Scotland National Rural Network website on behalf of the Argyll Rural Schools Network.

The Schools Network wants to gather the views and ideas of people across the country to feed into the Scottish Government’s Commission on Rural Education.

Anne Baird from the Argyll Rural Schools Network is a member of the Commission on Rural Education, which was recently set up by the Scottish Government. She has asked the Scottish National Rural Network to help gather the views of people across rural Scotland and further afield on behalf of the Argyll Rural Schools Network.

She said: “The Argyll Rural Schools Network hopes to collate the views and ideas collected and take them forward to the new Commission. We’re delighted that the Rural Network website has created a forum where we can do that effectively in Argyll and beyond. The Commission may be an opportunity to help change the tide in rural Scotland and we very much hope people will take the time to respond.”

The Argyll Rural Schools Network was at the forefront of the campaign against Argyll and Bute Council’s proposals to reduce the size of its school estate by closing first 26, then 11 small rural schools, including North Bute Primary in Port Bannatyne.

Scotland National Rural Network website editor Norette Ferns said: “We’re keen to help the Argyll Rural Schools Network gather the views of people across the country. We know that education, and school closures, are a major issue for many of our members and we would urge as many people as possible to contribute their views to the consultation.

“All your comments and suggestions will be passed on to the Argyll Rural Schools Network who will be feeding into the Commission on Rural Education.”

You can add your comments to the consultation on the Rural Network website (link to the right of this story). The consultation will stay open until November 30.