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In this section you can find all Kezia’s latest speeches, articles and personal blogs on her work as an MSP for the Lothian Region.

I’ve always supported removing the tax breaks that private schools benefit from by classifying themselves as charities. I was once warned that being quite so forthright in my opposition wasn’t particularly smart in a city like Edinburgh where nearly 25% of secondary school aged children go to fee paying enterprises, but nevertheless I persisted. I completely understand why some parents, with means, choose to send their children to private school. They, like every parent, just want the absolute best for their child and they have the money to pay for. I wish they didn’t feel the need though and for as long as a state education in Scotland falls short, private schools will exist. What I can’t stand though is where the aching gap between the prospects of state and privately educated children is perpetuated by systems our legislators are in charge of. In 2014 the SNP government introduce a new fee for young people to appeal their exam results. If your child wasn’t feeling too great on the day of their Higher English, or just had a bad day turning out a B when all the expectations and prelims pointed to an A grade, your school could appeal to the SQA and hope for a better result. Since charging was introduced, the cost of appeals is being born by schools who can least afford it and fewer appeals are being submitted. Nearly three time as many appeals are being put forward by private schools who have none of the state school’s budgetary constraints. This policy might have saved the SQA £800k a year, but at what cost to those pupils who just missed out on the grade they needed for Uni and whose school can’t afford the fee?

*This article was first published in the Edinburgh Evening News newspaper on the 14th of August 2018* I’ve always supported removing the tax breaks that private schools benefit from by classifying themselves as charities. I was once warned that being quite so...

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Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company to serve Holyrood

The Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company has been awarded a contract to serve tea and coffee at The Scottish Parliament. Kez visited the Portobello-based company to learn more. The firm, which has been producing artisan tea and coffee in the city since 1812, will be...

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