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NORTH Lanarkshire Council has announced that they plan to move an in-service day from November to September, so that school pupils and staff will be given the day off to vote in the independence referendum.
The plans, which have been approached by the authority, would mean that a planned in-service day on Monday, November 17th, 2014 would be moved to Thursday, September 18th, 2014, meaning that pupils would not lose a day of school, schools will be able to be used as polling stations, and both staff and students will be able to vote in the independence referendum.
Scots will go to the polls between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 18th September 2014 and answer the straightforward ‘Yes/No’ question, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’; and, the move by North Lanarkshire Council to swap over in-service days is being described as an opportunity to “maximise learning”.
North Lanarkshire Council has said, however, that their approved plans to move the in-service day on 17th November to 18th September will be subject to consultation with parents; and, Andrew Sutherland, the Council’s Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services says he has now written out to all parents, following discussions with trade unions.
Commenting, Andrew Sutherland, Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services, said: "In order to maximise learning and teaching opportunities for our young people, we've decided to move one of the school based in service days.
"We've discussed this recommendation with trade unions representatives and we've received support from Head Teachers.”
"The proposals will be subject to consultation with parents and carers and we'll be writing to them to ask for their views,” he added.
The proposals could also be extended include swapping the proposed in-service day of Tuesday 5 May to tie in with next year's General Election; the date for which has still to be announced.
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