Coun­cil launches strat­egy for ed­u­ca­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

A DOC­U­MENT out­lin­ing the ed­u­ca­tional vi­sion of Argyll and Bute was launched on Mon­day this week.

The coun­cil was among the first in Scot­land to launch a strat­egy meet­ing the re­quire­ments of the Na­tional Im­prove­ment Frame­work (NIF).

A spokesper­son for Argyll and Bute Coun­cil said: ‘The strat­egy, Our Chil­dren, Their Fu­ture, strength­ens the coun­cil’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to en­sure that Argyll and Bute is the best place in Scot­land for chil­dren to grow up, in­cor­po­rat­ing a vi­sion of part­ner­ship work­ing to de­liver equal­ity, ex­cel­lence and am­bi­tion.’

Talk­ing at the of­fi­cial launch at Tar­bert Acad­emy, the coun­cil’s spokesman for ed­u­ca­tion, Coun­cil­lor Rory Colville, said: ‘This is a very im­por­tant day for ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices in Argyll and Bute.

‘The Scot­tish ed­u­ca­tion sys- tem is go­ing through a pe­riod of sig­nif­i­cant change and the ex­pec­ta­tions of staff work­ing with young peo­ple has never been greater.

‘Our Chil­dren, Their Fu­ture makes our strat­egy clear to re­alise the na­tional vi­sions for Scot­tish ed­u­ca­tion but also our lo­cal vi­sions for our young peo­ple.

‘ We have taken these im­por­tant na­tional build­ing blocks and brought them to­gether to pro­duce a set of poli­cies for our chil­dren that de­liver an equal­ity of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity and im­prove at­tain­ment for all.

‘Our as­pi­ra­tion is to en­sure that Argyll and Bute is the best place in Scot­land for our chil­dren to grow.

‘This starts from the work we do with fam­i­lies be­fore a child is born all the way through to mak­ing sure our young peo­ple move on to pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tions at the end of their school ca­reer.’

Pic­tured at the strat­egy launch with Tar­bert Acad­emy pupils are, left to right, Ann Marie Knowles, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices; Neil McKnight, head teacher at Tar­bert; Coun­cil­lor Rory Colville; and Anne Paterson, head of ed­u­ca­tion.

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