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In a major speech setting out his agenda for Scottish education, DFM John Swinney highlighted its strengths – including the achievements of young people and teachers – and acknowledged the challenges being faced.
"Looking at the data, the status quo is not an option. Doing more of the same will not achieve our ambitions for our children and young people and their future."
Deputy First Minister John Swinney
First Minister announces that Scotland will seek a second referendum on independence once terms of Brexit are known.
"I will take the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland has a choice at the end of this process - a choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country."
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Page updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017