Iain Nisbet, the Convener of the School Closure Review Panels, has published his fifth Annual Report.

The Convener has submitted the report to the Scottish Ministers in line with the requirements of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act”).  The report covers the exercise of the Convener’s functions during the year 2019, and the exercise of the functions of any School Closure Review Panel which has carried out a review under the 2010 Act in that year.

Introducing the report, Mr Nisbet said:

“It has been a busy year as the Scottish Ministers called in two school closure decisions which were taken by North Ayrshire Council and Perth and Kinross Council respectively.  The Panel constituted to consider the former decision published its decision on 29 October 2019.  The Panel considering Perth and Kinross Council’s decision has been suspended pending the outcome of judicial review.

Ongoing training for School Closure Review Panel members has continued.  The annual training day took place in October this year. The varied programme included input from Children in Scotland, the National Parent Forum of Scotland and the Scottish Government’s School Organisation Team.”

The full report can be found here.