COSLA RESPONSE TO REFORM SCOTLAND REPORT ON PUPILS EQUITY FUND

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The use of public money requires guidance to ensure it is used in line with the expectations of the policy. This is a SG piece of guidance which recognises the concerns of headteachers who were concerned about being directly accountable for spending decisions. The guidance notes that education and headteachers do not operate in isolation of other parts of civic society and that they should be cognisant of the legal implications of money which is directed via local authorities.

“COSLA’s position is that “Devolved School Management” is the correct tool to allow HT’s to make local spending decisions while offering support from HR/IT/Finance colleagues etc within a local authority. The DSM approach also ensures the link between the public pound and the ballot box – further direct funding to headteachers effectively removes the right of any person living in that community to have a say on how education is delivered in their area.”

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Thu, 27/04/2017 - 16:00