Ross Thomson made supporting schools one of his top priorities from the moment he was elected. From Ross’ annual Christmas Card Competition for pupils in Aberdeen South to calling on the Scottish Government to increase teacher recruitment.
The SNP have cut the number of teachers and schools in North East. Teacher numbers have fallen by almost 500 since they came to power. From 2007 to 2017, the number of teachers in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Moray combined has fallen by 447.
The pupil-teacher ratio in Aberdeen schools has hit the worst level since records began in 2003. We can't see the potential of another generation go unfulfilled.
Ross backed the Scottish Conservative’s plans for education, including a lifelong skills guarantee to give everyone the chance of a decent job, no matter your age.
However, to equip the next generation of children in Scotland, the school leaving age in Scotland should be scrapped and replaced with a new system which would see all children stay in education or training until they are 18.
It is also vital that pupils who do not choose to go to university are not marginalised or forgotten. Scotland needs a new system, which would be administered by local councils, to ensure that a vocational education was valued every bit as much as an academic one.
Ross met with the Secretary of State for International Development every year since being elected hand over wonderful drawings by Harlaw Academy pupils in support of the Send My Friend to School campaign which calls on world leaders to prioritise education and make sure children across the world get the chance to go to a good school.