Theresa May: SNP’s education record in Scotland is a national scandal

19 May

Theresa May has attacked the SNP’s education record as a “national scandal”, saying she was concerned about the impact on Scottish children as Prime Minister of the entire UK.

Mrs May said the Scottish education system was once “the envy of the civilised world” but standards had declined sharply thanks to the Nationalists’ “tunnel-vision obsession with independence.”

Although she admitted that education was devolved to Scotland, she said she still cared “very deeply about the life chances of Scottish children.”

She spoke out as Ruth Davidson accused the SNP of failing a “generation” and set out plans in the Scottish Tory manifesto to “reset” the controversial Curriculum for Excellence.

Ms Davidson said there must be a renewed focus on learning “core knowledge and facts” rather than the present criteria, which revolve around “outcomes and experiences.”

The manifesto also promised to end the “comprehensive one-size-fits-all model” of schooling in Scotland, with more diversity and choice for parents and greater autonomy for headteachers. However, it omitted Mrs May’s pledge to roll out a new wave of grammar schools in England.

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