The Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education, chaired by Sheriff David Sutherland, was tasked with examining both how the delivery of rural education can maximise the attainment and life chances of young people in rural areas, and the link between rural education and rural communities. The Commission also reviewed the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and its application.
The Commission’s Call for Evidence was open from October 2011 to January 2012 and sought views in relation to four key topics:
• maximising attainment and achievement through rural education;
• the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and its application;
• funding issues surrounding rural education; and
• links between rural education and the preservation, support and development of rural communities.
This report provides an analysis of the responses to the Call for Evidence. It looks in detail at the responses to the questions posed in the Call for Evidence and provides an analysis of the views of particular groups, highlighting trends and issues where appropriate. It was prepared by ODS Consulting.