Swin­ney plans to give more power to schools

The Oban Times - - NEWS - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

AR­GYLL schools could be given more power on fund­ing fol­low­ing mea­sures an­nounced in a newly-pub­lished Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­port.

But union rep­re­sen­ta­tives are al­ready con­cerned at the ‘cen­tral­i­sa­tion’ of ed­u­ca­tion to the cen­tral belt.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter John Swin­ney an­nounced his plans in De­liv­er­ing Ex­cel­lence and Eq­uity in Scot­tish Ed­u­ca­tion at the end of last month.

On the min­is­ter’s list for Ar­gyll and Bute is putting in place sup­port for chil­dren of the poor­est fam­i­lies, at­tain­ment and em­pow­er­ment to in­di­vid­ual schools.

When im­ple­mented over the next 18 months, this will mean a place for two-year- olds in ev­ery nurs­ery and con­tin­u­ing fo­cus on the home and school with an in­crease in the role of health vis­i­tors, the school and the child.

Em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in in­di­vid­ual ar­eas will be a fo­cus of the cur­ricu­lum.

Mr Swin­ney calls for a cur­ricu­lum that de­liv­ers for the com­mu­nity and for the work­force re­quired by each school and area.

The gov­ern­ment min­is­ter has said ‘ more de­ci­sions’ will be made by chil­dren, teach­ers, fam­i­lies and the com­mu­ni­ties around schools.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil an­nounced plans for clus­ter schools in its 2016/17 bud­get. But to date no plans for these have been brought be­fore elected mem­bers.

Asked about its pro­pos­als for the fu­ture of ed­u­ca­tion in light of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­port, a spokes­woman for Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil told The Oban

Times: ‘This is a newly-pub­lished re­port and as you would ex­pect we are tak­ing time to re­view its con­tent.

‘The coun­cil is cur­rently in re­cess but we will be tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion over the com­ing months.’

Scot­land’s big­gest teach­ing union, the Educational In­sti­tute of Scot­land (EIS), said it wel­comed any mea­sures that would ‘cut bu­reau­cracy and re­duce ex­ces­sive work­load’. EIS gen­eral sec­re­tary Larry Flana­gan said: ‘If there is any sug­ges­tion of cen­tral­is­ing con­trol of schools and re­duc­ing the role of demo­crat­i­cally- elected lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in run­ning ed­u­ca­tion, that would be a huge con­cern for the teach­ing pro­fes­sion.’

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