Issue #1: Education

Education is one of the most pressing issues for all of us, and one which all MSYPs must address. Our schooling has a huge impact on our futures, yet funding is being slashed and teachers are vanishing. There are senior maths classes in Fife with over fifty pupils – there may be others even larger, all due to understaffing. That’s absurd!

It’s not just that there’s not enough funds – too many are left ignored by schools that don’t value their talents. We’re individuals, we can’t be standardised. We need to find ways to make school matter for young people, because exams won’t do that.

I feel also personally connected to the arts, an area which has been alarmingly neglected across the UK. Creativity must be nurtured – art, music, drama and dance must be celebrated as inspiring, fulfilling, and challenging subjects.

As your MSYP, I will push locally and nationally for urgent action on understaffing. I will work with young people and education leaders in Fife to promote individuality and diversity in education. I will do everything within my power to protect arts teaching in every form.

We will always have to work with limited resources, but the change that matters comes from people, not money. I will always protect our right to quality education that prepares us for our futures. There’s nothing we can’t do.