Sponsorship in Schools

From today’s Herald letters page:

Judith Gillespie is right to be concerned about commercial sponsorship in schools (“Watchdog embraces business cash for schools”, The Herald, March 19). The legal duty on schools is to provide an education which is directed to “the development of the personality, talents and mental and physical abilities of the child or young person to their fullest potential”, not one which is directed to the development of a company’s brand image or profit margins.

Consumer Focus Scotland (CFS) also recently published a guide to education law for parents which includes the following advice: “If parents object to a proposed sponsorship arrangement, they could take this up with the head teacher or education authority.” It is to be hoped that parents following this advice will not find their objections dismissed on the basis of another CFS document.

Iain Nisbet, Head of Education Law, Govan Law Centre, 47 Burleigh Street, Glasgow.

Posted on Absolvitor: Scots Law Online.

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