Bell Baxter!


I was at Bell Baxter today (my own school!) talking to people about the SYP elections and how I could represent them. It was a really good opportunity to talk more about what I will do if elected.

Why should you vote for me? Click here to read about my policies.

One of the things that came up was the environment. I discovered a few days ago that supermarket lorries in the UK travel the distance to the moon and back…every day. That’s nearly 800,000 miles! If I’m elected, one of the things I will campaign for is greater food sustainability in Fife. We need to encourage eating locally sourced produce – initiatives like the Fife Diet are fantastic examples of how we might go about this.

Other environmental policies I want to promote include energy efficiency in public buildings (council buildings, schools, etc.), and the reduction of speed limits in built up areas.

The campaign has been going fantastically – I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me so far. There’s not long left now!




Waid Hustings!

Sorry for the delay in the update – the four of us were at Waid yesterday! It was wonderful to have a chance to get to talk to some of you. As well as coming round to talk to you at lunch, we were privileged to get a chance to speak to two of the S2 social education classes and answer some of the questions you had.

Someone asked how the candidates felt about the curriculum. I feel the Curriculum for Excellence has had a huge positive impact, but there is work to be done. The curriculum still isn’t working for many.

I am hugely inspired by the educationalist Sir Ken Robinson and some of his ideas are very relevant. He suggests that education needs to be focused on creativity and individualisation, rather than strict academics and standardisation. We teach maths every day – why not art?

This isn’t to say that maths and English and science aren’t important – they’re enormously important! It is rather that maths and English aren’t what a young person necessarily needs for their future. Especially in the broad general education, I think we should be providing a curriculum that is better tailored to individuals. We must recognise that each pupil is unique in their talents and needs – it’s absurd to imagine everyone can be taught the same way.

Another thing we talked about was how to improve relationships between students and staff. Many young people don’t feel they are respected by their school, and this only creates resentment, getting in the way of learning. If elected, I will work with schools across North East Fife to find ways to make young people feel more valued and respected.

The four of us are in Bell Baxter tomorrow – come and talk to us at lunch!


p.s. seeing as I mentioned Ken Robinson, I highly recommend this video

Madras Kilrymont!

I had my first meeting today with the students of Madras Kilrymont! It was absolutely wonderful to get to know some of you and hear about what matters to you.

I spent time going round talking to some of you at lunch, and I asked you all ‘if you could change anything, what would it be?’ Your answers ranged from the light-hearted to the inspiring.

Someone wanted to get rid of the uniform – she told me it made her feel unwelcome. Another was desperate to deal with levels of hate crime, and another wanted the LGBT community to feel more welcome in Fife. It’s so important that we keep sight of these things.

(we also discussed free chocolate in school.. 🙂 )

One of the really important messages I got from you today is how angry you are about the delays in the new campus for Madras. I think it’s pretty outrageous that the school you have been repeatedly promised has been put off for decades. It’s not fair on anyone – students, staff, or parents – and is another example of young people being ignored in the decision making process.

As your MSYP, I would make it an absolute priority to push for the new Langlands campus. There has been some progress over the last year – I hope we can make something of this, and get you the school you need and deserve.

I am so grateful to all of you for taking time to talk to me. Remember – 8th of March. Vote Kit McCarthy!!