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19/10/16 15:30

£700,000 for Gaelic language delivery

Investment will help fund school improvements.

Additional funding to improve facilities at Glasgow’s two Gaelic schools has been announced by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney.

Glendale Gaelic School and Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu will use the extra £700,000 to further improve the learning environment for young people studying core subjects such as physical education, STEM and ICT, ensuring Gaelic learning provides a fully immersive experience across the curriculum.

The money will also be spent on upgrading school facilities helping to tackle an increase in demand for places.

Since the introduction of the Gaelic Schools Capital Fund in 2008 the number of young people in Gaelic medium education has increased nationally by 32%.

Mr Swinney said:

“It is extremely welcome news that the number of young people in Gaelic Medium Education is rising. I am pleased to announce this additional £700,000 to support Glasgow’s two Gaelic schools to not only improve facilities for current learners but also deal with increased demand for places.

“Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage and we recognise the strong cultural, economic and social value the language brings to our entire nation.

“That is why this Government remains committed to increasing the use and visibility of the language to ensure its sustainable long-term future.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning at Glasgow City Council said:

“As the biggest provider of Gaelic medium education outside of the Highlands and Islands we are delighted that this additional funding will support the Council’s continued commitment to Gaelic language.

“It will not only enable us to improve existing facilities and enhance further the Gaelic learning experience for our young people but will also help towards tackling the increase in demand.”

Notes to editors

The number of young people in Gaelic Medium Education has risen from 2,766 in 2008 to 3,660 in 2015.