Councils secure input in schools’ running
Councils have struck a deal with the Education Secretary to protect their role in the way Scotland’s schools are run.
The agreement, signed off yesterday by council leaders, follows concerns from local authorities that John Swinney’s governance reforms would “erode democratic accountability” in the sector.
Mr Swinney unveiled proposals to set up “regional improvement collaboratives” to “pool and strengthen resources to support learning and teaching in schools” earlier this year.
The plans were part of a wider package of reforms aimed at tackling the attainment gap and driving up standards in schools.
The collaboratives were to be led by a regional director, reporting directly to the chief inspector of education.
But council umbrella group Cosla said the plans would result in “no meaningful local democratic accountability for education in Scotland”.
Following talks with the government, it has now been agreed that each local authority will be part of one of six collaboratives on a regional basis in partnership with Education Scotland.
The collaboratives will be accountable to the collaborating local authorities as well as reporting to the chief inspector.
Each regional group will provide day-to-day support for headteachers, teachers and other education professionals.
Cosla children and young people spokesman Stephen McCabe said: “Improvement collaboratives will take a robust, locally-driven and evidence-based approach which puts the child at the centre.”“
“Evidence-base approach which puts the child at the centre”