Date lodged: 27 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the private tutoring of 14 to 18-year-olds, including how this impacts on equalities.
Answered by: John Swinney 18 August 2016
The Scottish Government does not advocate the use of private tutors. This is matter for parents and local authorities. We recognise that children affected by poverty can face barriers to accessing education. That is why the Scottish Government has prioritised closing the educational attainment gap between children from the most and least deprived areas. To support this ambition, we will allocate an additional £750 million over the lifetime of this parliament. The funding will be available to schools and authorities to provide additional support to children affected by poverty. A key priority for schools and authorities is to encourage and support parents and families to engage with their children’s learning and to help them access the extra support and advice they need.