Edinburgh education pledge is ‘on track’

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A DRIVE to ensure every child in the Capital gets the best start in life is on track, education chiefs have claimed.

City leaders said good progress was being made on the six key priorities and 53 pledges contained in the coalition administration’s “contract with the Capital” – published after last year’s elections.

An investment of £8.6 million in early intervention and vulnerable children, advance preparation for next year’s national SQA exams and new classrooms at six primary schools are among the measures helping to make a difference, they added. Councillor Paul Godzik, education leader, said: “There are a number of extremely challenging issues facing the council, like rising rolls and the need to increase support for the most vulnerable children.

“However, I’m delighted that progress has been made towards meeting our pledges.”

He added: “There is much more to do, especially with regards to long-term planning and investment into our schools and other facilities.”