18th November 2013

Commenting on Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell's statement on planned changes to school closure procedures, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"It is welcome that the Scottish Government intends to ensure that the processes surrounding potential school closures should be transparent and will continue to be based on the potential educational benefits for pupils.

"The EIS believes that the decision to potentially close any school should never be made on purely financial grounds, and all decisions must be taken with the best interests of children's education as the main factor.

"Proposed school closures are often very challenging for communities, for parents, pupils and teachers so it is important that any such proposals are handled in an appropriate and transparent manner and with proper consultation with the school community."

For more information on the Scottish Government's proposals click here.

BBC Scotland's online coverage of this story can be viewed here.