Today (Friday) the Leaders of Scotland’s Councils agreed the outcome of constructive dialogue between local government and the Scottish Government which delivers a collective commitment to collaborative working on educational improvement.

A key factor in achieving the aims set out by the Scottish Government for education reform, will see each local authority being part of one of six Improvement Collaboratives on a regional basis, in partnership with Education Scotland. The Improvement Collaboratives as a whole will be accountable to the collaborating local authorities – maintaining local democratic accountability – and will also report to the Chief Inspector of Education Scotland.

With the desire to get it right for all of Scotland’s children at their heart, Improvement Collaboratives will enhance and improve professional learning for teachers and other professionals, will identify, promote and share good practice across partners and will ensure and enhance day-to-day support for education professionals in the delivery of education. A comprehensive list of key functions for the collaboratives has been agreed. Delivering this full and enhanced range of improvement functions will be essential for us to achieve excellence and equity for all learners.

Headteachers, teachers and all professionals in the system will find support in this collaborative ethos which will ultimately deliver improved outcomes and opportunities for Scotland’s children.

Improvement leads will be in place in each region by the end of October with detailed improvement plans in place by January 2018.

Spokesperson for Children and Young People, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said: “Securing the best interests of children and young people is our driving goal in the integrated children’s services which local authorities deliver. We share an ambition with the Scottish Government for excellence and equity for our children.  

“Improvement Collaboratives will take a robust, locally-driven and evidence-based approach which puts the child at the centre. They will support the education community while at the same time empowering a culture of collaboration across organisational and geographic boundaries.

Today’s agreement by COSLA Leaders is a positive step which will secure improvement-focused collaboration between local and national partners.  

Together, we can realise our shared ambition.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
“Improving the education and life chances of our children is my number one mission and I very much welcome that local government shares this vision and commitment.

“Improvement Collaboratives are key to realising this ambition and a crucial part of our education reforms. I look forward to national and local government working together at pace – with support and expertise from Education Scotland - on this important regional initiative. It is the right approach to support our schools in closing the attainment gap and raising the bar for all.”

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Fri, 29/09/2017 - 12:32