Motion S5M-02556

That the Parliament recognises the fantastic achievement of Wallace High School in Stirling on it being nominated in the schools category for the Sunday Mail and sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards 2016; understands that it is one of the Gold SSA schools in Scotland as it provides clear pathways to a number of community sporting opportunities that aim to encourage lifelong sporting participation; believes that the dedication and encouragement of the teaching staff and 10 community sports coaches has led to 59% of its pupils participating in sports clubs with links to the school; wishes it the best of luck in its endeavours to win this award, and hopes that schools across Scotland continue to inspire pupils to take part in extracurricular sport.


Motion S5M-02558

That the Parliament recognises that Borestone Primary School in Stirling has been shortlisted for a One Family Foundation Community Award of £25,000; understands that it is the only school in Scotland that is in the running for this and, if successful, it will help allow it to continue with its Reading Revolution, which aims to get children across Stirling reading; understands that the school’s ambition is to get pupils inspired by the books accompany the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, and believes that this funding would be a fantastic way to improve literacy among young people in the Stirling area.

Motion S5M-02557

That the Parliament congratulates the Stirling-based charity, Food Train, on its fifth anniversary; believes that it has been vital in providing support for older people in the city by providing a range of services, including grocery shopping, home deliveries, household support and befriending, and notes what it sees as the positive impact that it has had, thanks to the over 15,800 volunteer hours donated annually that have helped to ensure that vulnerable people have had access to food and company that they otherwise might not have received.

Motion S5M-02559

That the Parliament congratulates Frances Ainslie, Kirsty Grant and Mhairi MacKay, who are from the Stirling area, on winning a national competition that was held by the Scottish Book Trust; recognises that they wrote short stories that will be published in the book, Secrets and Confessions, which will be distributed to bookshops, libraries, prisons and train stations across Scotland; notes that all three faced competition from 600 other entries to win this recognition, and wishes them best of luck in their future literary endeavours.

Motion S5M-02321

That the Parliament congratulates Morna O’May of Kippen, head of service at Contact the Elderly Scotland, the rest of the team and all volunteers, on winning the Herald Society Award 2016 for Older People’s Project of the Year; considers that the work of Contact the Elderly Scotland in organising volunteer-led monthly Sunday tea parties for isolated older people is a real lifeline of friendship, and commends Contact the Elderly Scotland for its valuable work in tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Finance Committee - Scottish Parliament: 15th June 2016

Motion S5M-02317

That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Scots Independent (SI) on the 90th anniversary of its launch as the newsletter of the Scottish National League (SNL) in 1926; notes that the SNL later became the National Party of Scotland, which in turn merged with the Scottish Party to form the Scottish National Party in 1934; further notes that the SI, which became a newspaper in 1957, is the oldest media voice to have supported Scottish independence continuously through its history; understands that it is also the oldest continuously-published political newspaper in Europe, and wishes its board, editor and volunteer contributors continued success from the SI's base in the city of Stirling.

Motion S5M-02107

That the Parliament congratulates Camphill Blair Drummond on its continued success as a community-focused organisation providing residential and day services for adults with complex learning difficulties; commends Social Investment Scotland for its work with Camphill Blair Drummond since investing £1 million in 2009, and recognises that this support enables Camphill Blair Drummond to continue its inspiring work in empowering and supporting those with learning difficulties across Scotland.

Motion S5M-01733

That the Parliament notes the success of Scotland’s first executive sustainability leadership programme, which is a partnership between the University of Stirling and the University of Cambridge; notes its alignment with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA) new world-class regulatory framework, One Planet Prosperity; further notes its ambitions for fostering Scottish sustainable business growth, and congratulates the SEPA chief executive, Terry A’Hearn, and chair, Bob Downes, and Martin Valenti on the launch of the programme and for working with the Scottish Government on the development of the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living at the University of Stirling.

Motion S5M-00084

That the Parliament congratulates Chris Martin from Callander Youth Project Trust on being shortlisted in the Exceptional Employee category at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards for the work that he has undertaken as the managing director at CYPT, a charity that was established in 1997 and delivers a wide range of activities for young people in the local area such as youth clubs, holiday programmes, art, health and sport initiatives, as well as running a dedicated employability programme for young people who have left school and understands that, by running these services, CYPT is improving the quality of life of young people by giving them access to a wide range of recreational, arts-based and environmental activities, helping build life skills, confidence and self-esteem and working in partnership with other organisations and groups locally to give young people a voice and improve community cohesion and understanding.

Motion S4M-15653

That the Parliament congratulates Forth Valley College in Stirling on being shortlisted for what it considers three prestigious UK-wide Times Educational Supplement Further Education (TES FE) Awards 2016, in the Best Teaching and Learning Initiative, Employer Engagement and the Apprenticeship Programme of the Year categories and understands that the winners will be announced at an awards dinner in the famous Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London on the evening of 22 April.

Parliamentary Question


Bruce Crawford:

Is the cabinet secretary aware of the excellent initiative between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Stirling to provide teacher training places at Stirling for science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates who come from Heriot-Watt? It is an innovative practice. What other innovative schemes like that are in place to help meet the need for more teachers?

Angela Constance:

I very much welcome the proposed collaboration between the University of Stirling and Heriot-Watt University, which has seen STEM undergraduates training to become teachers. It is a welcome initiative and the Government has worked closely with the two universities to help to develop the proposal.

We have been working with a range of partners to develop other new routes into teaching. For example, we have supported the development of the University of Aberdeen’s part-time distance learning initial teacher education primary programme, which allows local authorities in the north and north-east to have existing members of staff trained as teachers while they are still working. We also support a similar programme that the University of Dundee delivers in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and Angus Council, in which members of staff study on a part-time distance learning basis while continuing to work for the local authority. The University of the West of Scotland has a similar initiative with Dumfries and Galloway Council, although in that instance members of staff study on a full-time basis while the council continues to pay the trainee teachers’ salaries during their training.

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Motion S4M-15620

That the Parliament welcomes VistScotland’s new global brand campaign to inspire new visitors to visit and experience the "Spirit of Scotland"; understands that this new approach creates partnerships with world-leading digital brands, including Google, TripAdvisor, NBC, The New York Times, and The Guardian, creating exciting and innovative new ways to tell Scotland’s stories, and empowers the industry to sell this world-class product through, with its new digital capability that will help visitors plan their trip and get real-time help online, and asks MSPs to consider participating in the new social media campaign, #ScotSpirit, bringing the spirit theme to life through social interaction around the "seven spirits of Scotland", warmth, humour, guts, spark, soul, determination and fun, and, in doing so, helping disadvantaged children in Scotland to see more of their country through VisitScotland’s partnership with the charity, the Family Holiday Association, and the tourism industry, with businesses donating accommodation and travel.

Motion S4M-15302

That the Parliament notes with concern reports that a nuclear convoy was driven through Scotland on 9 January 2016; understands that, according to the Scottish CND, it travelled through towns including Hamilton, Stirling and Balloch; condemns what it sees as an unacceptable risk to public safety, and calls on the UK Government to clarify immediately what safety measures it has put in place and to put a stop to such convoys travelling through Scotland.

Motion S4M-15176

That the Parliament congratulates the Gartmore Baby and Toddler Group on being awarded £4,406 from the Communities and Family Fund, which it believes will pay for furniture, play and exercise equipment, a safari visit, dance classes and theatre workshops.


MSP for Stirling Constituency