The news releases below refer to a period when Marlyn Glen was a Member of the Scottish Parliament. Ms. Glen was an MSP from May 2003 - March 2011. She is no longer an MSP.


Standing up for education in Dundee against the SNP’s broken promises and unwise cuts.

 School Education is a major issue for all families.

And it’s been one of the most prominent issues on which the SNP have broken promises they made in order to win votes.

They promised then to reduce all class sizes in Primary 1-3 classes to 18 or less by 2011… but today over 70 per cent of pupils in these classes in Dundee are still above that level, many substantially so.

They promised to maintain teacher numbers.. but in the past two years alone almost 1 secondary teacher in 10 in Dundee has gone.

They promised to match Labour’s enviable school-building programme "brick for brick"… but work on the refurbishment of Harris Academy won’t begin till the year AFTER the 2011 election.

The vast majority of the new schools that have been completed since the SNP came to power 4 years ago are those that the previous Labour-led Administration commissioned and put in place their funding and contracts. - Not the SNP.

Over 3,000 teaching posts have gone under the SNP, and newly-qualified teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to find work .. but the previous UK Labour Government gave the SNP Government in Holyrood more money to run Scotland than any previous Scottish Government has ever had.

The SNP began cutting education in Scotland before the Tory-led Government began their cuts in spending.

And Dundee’s SNP Education Convener believes that the £4 million cut in education spending in Dundee that the SNP have made will lead to a better service.

Below is the four year story of that emphatic failure of the SNP in School Education as told through the work of Marlyn Glen and Councillor Laurie Bidwell , Labour’s spokesperson on education on Dundee City Council.

You can download the links to the webpages below here

SNP Councillors vote down £379,000 for Dundee Schools they had cut by £4.1 million 14/02/2011

Budget Cuts in Education : Councillor Fordyce not for Turning 8/02/2011

Budget Options for our Schools should be Scrutinised by the Education Committee 3/02/2011

Teaching posts in Dundee : Funding is the equivalent of employing 16 of Dundee's 74 probationer teachers  02/02/2011

Still Time for a Rethink on Budget Cuts in Education? 2/02/2011

Barnhill Primary School Oversubscribed 31/01/2011

SNP cuts will Undermine Improvements to Schooling in the City 24/01/2011

The Effect of Reduced Teacher Numbers on Children's Education in Dundee 21/01/2011

Teacher Reductions in Dundee Primary Schools 12/01/2011

Education Maintenance Allowances applications plunge by almost 40 per cent in Dundee and College Bursaries face 2 per cent cuts 22/12/2010

SNP's Education Convener Should Explain her Education Cuts to Parents 20/12/2011

Will SNP's £4.5 million Education Cuts make the city's education service better? 16/12/2011

Dundee teacher staffing : No "realistic or accurate figures" available at present 15/12/2010

Teacher numbers : Almost 1 out of every 10 secondary teachers in Dundee gone 14/12/2010

Disastrous Double Whammy of Cuts in Education in Dundee 14/12/2011

Learning Teaching Scotland - Education Inspectorate merger " camouflage for cuts" concern  8/12/2010

Sharp Reduction in Posts for Post-Probationary teachers 8/12/2010

Eastern Primary School Relocation - Decision Time 22/11/2010

Half Measures Won't Do for Eastern Primary School Move 22/11/2010

Education expenditure increase in Dundee under Labour 13/11/2010

Violent Acts against Dundee School Staff 27/10/2010

Education amalgamation : Plea for no job losses in Dundee 20/10/2010

New class size of 25 in Primary 1 : Maximum can still be exceeded 01/10/2010

Class Size Reduction in Primary Schools - Another SNP Broken Promise on Education 23/09/2010

Big Changes Ahead for Dundee Teachers and Schools - How Will These Help To Deliver Enhanced Pupil Attainment? 20/09/2011

SNP forced to back down on class sizes claim 16/09/2010

Primary class sizes : "Scottish Government is failing schools, parents and teachers across Dundee 10/09/2010

SNP responsible for misery of young teachers unable to find work 3/09/2010

No permanent posts in Dundee for over 60 per cent of probationary teachers 24/08/2010

Harris Academy refurbishment takes back seat for £1.4 million "East Central Territory Hub" 28/06/2010

SNP Primary School Class Size in Dundee - Limited Ambitions & Difficulties Ahead 14/06/2010

MSP raises £1.4 million cost for hub to oversee Harris Academy refurbishment 26/05/2010

2-year Delay in Harris Academy Rebuild - Labour Offers Support to Speed Up Process  5/05/2010

Last Minute Measures Confirm Secondary Schools not Ready for Curriculum for Excellence 30/04/2010

Harris Academy Rebuilding To Be Procured by Hub 27/04/2010

No guarantee that new composite classes will not be formed in Dundee primary schools 29/03/2010

Let's talk about "Education" at The Education Committee 23/03/2010

No Smaller Class Sizes for Broughty Ferry Primary Schools 17/02/2010

Education Cuts in Dundee Revealed 10/02/2010

40 per cent cut in teacher training places as over 250 Dundee primary school teachers set to retire over the next decade 09/02/2010

Education Committee Denied Report On School Building Programme 4/02/2010

Opening of Fintry Primary School - Questions for Minister 27/01/2010

MSP queries Scottish Government on free fruit pledge : 6,600 schoolchildren in Dundee still don't receive it 14/01/2010

Dundee's participation in new Baccalaureate exam 06/01/2010

Education Cuts & Commitments in Dundee Must Be Declared to Early Meeting of Education Committee 13/12/2009

Harris Academy  : Government should pay for rise in council share  09/12/2009

What Next After PPP Primary Schools in Dundee? 01/12/2009

School education control must remain local 30/11/2009

Dundee Misses Out on Scottish Government Cash for New Primary Schools 26/11/09

Review of Class Sizes Provides Figleaf for Education Secretary 13/11/2009

Harris Academy refurbishment : MSP raises Scottish Futures Trust £120,000 spent on consultants 20/10/2009

Only 1 class in Broughty Ferry primaries at target level , says MSP 03/10/2009

Refurbishment of Harris Academy - Some Lingering Concerns 01/10/2009

Harris refurbishment cost and timetable questioned 02/10/2009

Harris Academy Funding - Too Early for Labour led Campaign to Stand Down 28/09/2009

SNP primary school class sizes policy "in shreds" 17/09/2009

61 applications for 3 teaching posts  : "Responsibility rests upon Scottish Government" 30/07/2009

Funding for Dundee Baccalaureate exams : Scottish Government "must do better" says MSP 22/07/2009

Harris Academy Should be Number One School Building Priority in Dundee 24/06/2009

New school exam : Dundee MSP urges Government for "sufficient finance and resources for city’s participation" 17/06/2009

Dundee class sizes and number of teachers : No response from SNP Government  29/04/2009

No commitment to provide more money or teachers for Dundee, MSP is told by Minister 21/04/2009

MSP raises Broughty Ferry Primary Class Sizes with Education Secretary 17/04/2009

Dundee University post-graduate teacher training numbers set to be cut 16 April 2009

Dundee primary class sizes : "Great gulf between the reality of the classroom and the hollowness of SNP promises " 10/04/2009

Dundee primary class sizes : "urgent need for more teachers," says MSP 25 February 2009

Free School meals and Breakfast Clubs - still no extra money, says MSP 15/01/2009

MSP calls for more teachers to stem Dundee’s "brain drain" 07 January 2009

MSP calls for "unenviable choice" on school meals to be set aside 1 December 2008

No extra cash for more teachers in Dundee, says SNP Government 25 November 2008

SNP Unfunded free school meals proposals will cost council " thousands of pounds a week extra" 10 November 2008

Call on SNP Government for more funds to employ more primary teachers in Dundee 28 October 2008

Dundee class sizes : MSP’s plea to Education Minister15 July 2008

Promise of unknown cost, says MSP  2 May 2008

Vulnerable children nursery scheme : “Scottish Government’s duty to fund Dundee project,” says MSP 13/03/2008

SNP promise of free all-year round access to city swimming pools for children dropped, says MSP. 1 March 2008

"Clear Proof that SNP have abandoned have pledge to class size reduction in Dundee," says Marlyn Glen  15 November 2007

MSP asks why is Dundee omitted from free school meals scheme 14 July 2007