Consultation: Draft Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education

Consultation: Draft Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education

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Bòrd na Gàidhlig is issuing Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and expanding on the Gaelic provisions of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016. This Guidance is for everyone involved in Gaelic education in Scotland, providing information on how to request Gaelic medium education (GME), as well as recommendations and best practice in the delivery of all forms of Gaelic education. Further information on the context of Gaelic education in Scotland can be found in the introduction to the document itself.

The Draft Statutory Guidance

Bòrd na Gàidhlig have prepared this Draft Statutory Guidance on the advice of a Core Group chaired by Bruce Robertson (Acting CEO, Bòrd na Gàidhlig) and consisting of representatives from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, COSLA, Highland Council and Glasgow City Council. Engagement sessions have been held in the past year with parents and organisations involved in Gaelic education to identify the issues most in need of addressing. Some of the main issues identified at these engagement sessions are listed here:

  • a clear process for requesting GME
  • expectations of local authorities and other agencies as part of this process
  • recruitment of teachers
  • availability of Gaelic materials and resources
  • GME at secondary
  • additional support needs for GME
  • available funding for education authorities for GME
  • support for families in GME

Following this process, the Draft Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education has now been prepared.

The Consultation

Bòrd na Gàidhlig is now consulting on the Draft Statutory Guidance document, and is keen to hear views on the document from as many people and as many different sectors as possible. In order to do so, we will regularly publicise the consultation and explain how the public can engage with the consultation process.

On completion of the consultation process, Bòrd na Gàidhlig will conduct an analysis of the responses and produce a report. Bòrd na Gàidhlig intends to publish this report no later than the 15th January 2017, and thereafter provide advice to Scottish Ministers.

The consultation will run from the 1st August 2016 to the 1st November 2016. Responses can be submitted electronically or on paper. Paper responses should be sent to:

Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Great Glen House
Leachkin Road
Inverness
IV3 8NW

More details are available from the Bòrd na Gàidhlig website.

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