Gaelic Provision in Inverclyde 2022

We are looking for your views on our proposal to establish a catchment area for primary Gaelic provision in Inverclyde.  Currently primary Gaelic medium is offered at Whinhill Primary School, however there is no established catchment area for Gaelic and pupils attend by means of a placing request. 

The proposal is to create a catchment area that covers the whole of the Inverclyde Council area for Gaelic primary provision in Whinhill Primary School.  This means that every pupil who chooses Gaelic medium education for primary school who lives within the Inverclyde boundary but further than a mile from Whinhill Primary School will be entitled to free transport.   This proposal is only for primary education and not for early years or secondary education.

Tha sinn a’ sireadh ur beachdan air sgìre-sgoile a stèidheachadh airson solar foghlaim tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig ann an Inbhir Chluaidh. An-dràsta tha sinn a’ tabhann foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig aig Bun-sgoil Chnoc a’ Chonaisg, ach chan eil sgìre-sgoile ann airson Gàidhlig, agus bidh sgoilearan a’ frithealadh na Gàidhlig a-rèir iarrtasan sgoile.

Tha sinn a’ moladh sgìre-sgoile airson Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig aig Bun-sgoil Chnoc a’ Chonaisg a ghabhas a-steach sgìre Inbhir Chluaidh air fad. Tha seo a’ ciallachadh gum faigh a h-uile sgoilear a thaghas foghlam bun-sgoile tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig, a tha a’ fuireach còir is mìle air falbh bho Bhun-sgoil Chnoc a’ Chonaisg, còmhdail saor an-asgaidh. ’S ann airson foghlam bun-sgoile a tha seo a-mhàin.

 

Closing date for responses on this consultation is Friday 18 March 2022

Please use the survey link on this page to tell us your views.

 

There will be 2 public meetings held on:

Monday 21 February 2022 online, 6:30 pm

If you wish to attend the online meeting, please send an e-mail to admin.educationhq@inverclyde.gov.uk and the link for the meeting will be shared directly with you.

 

Tuesday 22 February 2022 at Whinhill Primary School, 6:30 pm

If you wish to attend in person, please log your interest by calling 01475 712850 and press option 5. An operator will take your details and advise on the details of the event.

 

 

Education Services (Seirbheis an Fhoghlaim)

- Consultation Proposal Document (Sgrìobhainn co-chomhairleachaidh)

This document has been issued by Inverclyde Council for consultation under the terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

If you need this information in another language or format, please contact us to discuss how we can best meet your needs.  Phone: (01475) 712853.

Contents

List of Consultees and how to access the proposal document

1.       Background to the proposal

2.       Proposed Changes

3.       The consultation process

4.         Implementation date for the proposal

5.         Educational benefits – assessment of the likely effects of the proposal

6.         Employee implications

7.         Financial implications

8.         Responding to the proposal

 

 

     

 

Communication list and how to access the proposal document:

Statutory consultees:

  • The Parent Council of affected schools
  • The parents/carers of the pupils at the affected schools
  • Parents whose children are expected to attend the affected schools within 2 years of publication of the proposal document
  • Pupils (where they are considered to be of suitable age and maturity)
  • Council employees at the affected schools
  • Trade Union representatives
  • Church representatives
  • Bord na Gaidhlig
  • Community Councils

 

Other stakeholders who will be contacted:

  • Education Scotland
  • Elected Members
  • Local Members of Parliament and local members of Scottish Parliament
  • General Public (Inverclyde)

     

Consultees will be informed that in order for their views to be taken into account, they must complete and submit a copy of the Consultation Response Form. Interested parties are invited to respond to the proposal by making an online submission using the link: www.inverclyde.gov.uk/yoursay 

Alternatively, written submissions should be made using the form attached at the end of this document no later than Friday 18 March.

 

Accessing the proposal document

The steps listed below have been taken to ensure that the proposal document is widely available.

  • Notice of the proposal and of publication of this proposal document has been placed in The Greenock Telegraph to engage with the general community

     

  • The proposal document has been published on the Inverclyde Council website:

    www.inverclyde.gov.uk/yoursay

 

  • This document can be made available in alternative forms or translated by contacting Education Services on (01475) 712853

 

  • The proposal document will also be available for inspection at all educational establishments, Council Customer Services and libraries

 

1.0

Background to the proposal

 

 

 

 

1.1

The Education and Communities Committee meeting of 25 January 2022 approved that officers undertake a consultation to establish a catchment area for primary Gaelic medium.  Currently Gaelic medium is offered at Whinhill Primary School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.0

PROPOSED CHANGES

 

 

 

 

2.1

The proposal is that a catchment area is established for Gaelic medium primary education.  The catchment area would cover the whole of the Inverclyde local authority area.

 

 

 

 

2.2

Any pupil who wishes to pursue Gaelic medium education at Whinhill primary school would live in the catchment area if they live in Inverclyde.  If they live over a mile from the school they will be entitled to transport in accordance with Inverclyde Council Transport Policy.

 

 

 

 

2.3

Whinhill Primary School is a non-denominational school and pupils who attend will be deemed to have chosen a non-denominational education.  If pupils choose to attend secondary education for their catchment area they will be given equal priority and status to those who attended the non-denominational catchment school.

 

 

 

 

3.0

The Consultation Process

 

 

 

 

3.1

The formal consultation on the proposal within this document will be undertaken under the terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 as amended.  The consultation requires to run for 30 school days and will start on Tuesday 1 February and will end on Friday 18 March 2022.  Written representations must be received by this date in order to be taken into account.

 

 

 

 

3.2

All primary schools will be affected by this proposal.

 

 

 

 

3.3

Public Meeting

 

There will be 2 public meetings held on:

 

Monday 21 February 2022 on webex, 6:30 pm

 

Tuesday 22 February 2022 at Whinhill Primary School, 6:30 pm

 

 

The meetings will provide those in attendance with an opportunity to:

  • Hear about the proposal
  • Ask questions about the proposal
  • Express views about the proposal

 

A note will be taken of the views expressed during the public meeting and of any questions asked.  In addition to the public meeting, written representations including online responses will be able to be made during the consultation period.

 

 

 

 

3.4

Who will be consulted?

Statutory consultees:

 

  • The Parent Council of affected schools
  • The parents/carers of the pupils at the affected schools
  • Parents whose children are expected to attend the affected schools within 2 years of publication of the proposal document
  • Pupils (where they are considered to be of suitable age and maturity)
  • Council employees at the affected schools
  • Trade Union representatives
  • Church representatives
  • Bord na Gaidhlig
  • Community Councils

 

Other stakeholders who will be contacted:

 

  • Education Scotland
  • Elected Members
  • Local Members of Parliament and local members of Scottish Parliament
  • General Public (Inverclyde)

 

Consultees will be informed that in order for their views to be taken into account, they must complete and submit a copy of the Consultation Response Form.

 

Pupil consultation will take place through representatives of Pupil Councils.

 

 

 

 

3.5

Involvement of Education Scotland

 

The Council will provide the proposal document to Education Scotland at the start of the consultation period.  When the consultation period has ended, Inverclyde Council will collate all of the written and oral representations.  Thereafter, the following information will be provided to Education Scotland:

 

  • A copy of relevant written representations made to Inverclyde Council on the proposal (or summary of them if agreed within Education Scotland)
  • A summary of oral representations made at the public meetings
  • Other relevant documentation, as far as is practicable

 

Education Scotland will prepare a report on the educational aspects of the proposal taking account of the above, the Educational Benefits Statement contained in this proposal document and in so far that Education Scotland considers them relevant, any written representations made directly to them.  Education Scotland may also visit the schools affected by the proposal and make reasonable inquiries of persons there and of such other persons as they consider appropriate.  Education Scotland require to send their report to Inverclyde Council no later than 3 weeks (or longer if agreed with Inverclyde Council) after having received the information from Inverclyde Council.

 

 

 

 

3.6

Consultation Report

 

After receiving Education Scotland’s report, Inverclyde Council will review the proposal taking account of relevant written representations received during the consultation period, oral representations made during the public meeting and Education Scotland’s report.  Inverclyde Council will then prepare and publish a consultation report which will include a recommendation on the proposal.

 

Inverclyde Council will notify on the publication of the consultation report, which will be made available on Inverclyde Council’s website, in schools and at Inverclyde Council’s Customer Service Centre.

 

The consultation report will be published 3 weeks before it is formally considered by Inverclyde Council.

 

 

 

 

3.7

Inaccuracies or omissions

 

Where inaccuracies or omissions are discovered within this proposal document, Inverclyde Council will determine whether relevant information has been omitted or, if there has been an inaccuracy.  Appropriate action will then be taken by Inverclyde Council which may include issuing corrections, issuing a corrected proposal document or an extension of the consultation period.  In any of these events all relevant consultees (and where applicable the notifier(s) of any omissions or inaccuracies) and Education Scotland will be advised of the appropriate action.  Notifiers of any omissions or inaccuracies will also be given the opportunity to make representations if they disagree with Inverclyde Council’s determination of and any action on the matter, which may result in Inverclyde Council making a further determination / decision on the matter.

 

 

 

 

4.0

Implementation Date for the Proposal

 

 

 

 

4.1

It is expected that the proposal, if accepted, would be implemented from the start of term August 2022. 

 

 

 

 

5.0

EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS – ASSESSMENT OF THE LIKELY EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.1

Inverclyde Council is firmly committed to delivering a high quality education provision in learning environments fit for learning and teaching in the 21st century.  Environments that nurture ambition and aspirations, improve attainment and achievement, and create and widen opportunities for all children and young people to achieve their full potential and move into positive and sustained destinations when they leave school.  Inverclyde Council also demonstrates its strong belief in the value of education through financial investment to allow full implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), and supporting programmes and activities that focus on removing barriers to learning and closing the attainment gap.   

 

 

 

 

5.2

Inverclyde Council is committed to the promotion of Gaelic.  The Council recognises the importance of Gaelic to our national culture and heritage and as such, is delighted to present our second Gaelic Language Plan 2022/27.  As a Council, we are committed to supporting Gaelic and will seek to further promote its development within Inverclyde over the life of this plan. 

 

Through the implementation of this Plan, we aim to support the delivery of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23 and meet our responsibilities under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. 

 

Our long term vision is to nurture Gaelic within Inverclyde to ensure a supportive environment, recognising the importance and value of the language.  Governance of the Plan will therefore be provided by the Corporate Equalities Group which will help to ensure that this work is mainstreamed within all services and promote Council- wide ownership of its delivery.

 

 

 

 

5.3

All Inverclyde schools remain open to all pupils and will continue to have an inclusive and respectful ethos which helps every pupil to achieve their best.  The establishment of a catchment area for Gaelic medium primary education means that pupils who wish to pursue Gaelic medium education will not have to submit a placing request.  This is of an educational benefit to the pupils because they can be assured a place at the school rather than requesting a placing request.

 

 

 

 

5.4

The establishment of a catchment area means that transport will be provided by the Council for pupils living further than a mile from Whinhill Primary School.  This is of an educational benefit to pupils because the associated costs and availability of transport may prove to be a barrier to families who wish to pursue Gaelic medium education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.0

EMPLOYEE IMPLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

6.1

None.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.0

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

7.1

This proposal will have financial implications for the transport budget for education services.  This is expected to initially be in the region of £38,000 but will increase if pupil numbers increase.

 

 

 

 

8.0

RESPONDING TO THE PROPOSAL

 

 

 

 

8.1

Page 4 of this document provides details on how to access a copy of the proposal document.

 

 

 

 

8.2

Interested parties are invited to respond to the proposal by making an online submission using the link:

www.inverclyde.gov.uk/yoursay