Education Governance: Next Steps

Date: 15.06.17
Voice Scotland’s response

15 June 2017

Voice Scotland comments on ‘Education Governance: Next Steps’

Voice Scotland, which represents all education professionals, including teachers, headteachers and support staff, has commented on the launch of Scottish Government’sEducation Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Deliver Excellence and Equity for Our Children.

Senior Professional Officer Jennifer Barnes said:

“We welcome the aspirations and ambition of the Education Governance: Next Steps and in particular the recognition of the requirement to place trust in the professionalism of teachers in making decisions about learning for our children.

“This could herald the biggest shake-up of Scottish schools in living memory.

“However, the key issue facing Scottish education is the reduction in education funding. This has both weakened local authority support for head teachers and significantly reduced the resources available to head teachers within school, particularly in terms of staffing levels. This seriously hinders the ability of the education system to close the attainment gap.

“A review of governance arrangements does not compensate for the detrimental funding cuts to our education services. 

“Any reforms must go hand in hand with sufficient funding for the delivery of education services. We look forward to exploring with Scottish Government the ‘revolutionised offer of support and improvement’ that is to be provided to professionals within the system as part of these proposals, including the enhancement of support staff professionalism.

“We also look forward to continuing to work closely with Scottish Government on resolving the current difficulties around headteacher recruitment in the context of these proposals.

“We would also be pleased to work with fellow education stakeholders on matters such as the establishment of the Education Workforce Council for Scotland, to ensure that all of our members' voices are heard.

“Voice Scotland will seek feedback from members to inform both its response to the various strands of work to be taken forward and its regular meetings with ministers.”

Further information

Scottish Government:

On 15 June 2017, the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, launched Education Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Delivery Excellence and Equity for Our Children

Education Governance: Next Steps – Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Deliver Excellence and Equity for Our Children – An executive summary was also published on 15 June 2017.

On 15 June 2017, Scottish Government published the analysis of the consultation responses: Empowering teachers, parents and communities to achieve excellence and equity – a Governance Review: An analysis of consultation responses

Letters sent to teachers and practitioners and parent councils by Mr Swinney on 15 June 2017.

Alongside Education Governance: Next Steps, Mr Swinney launched Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education – A consultation, which closes 13 October 2017.

News release on next steps

News release on consultation

Full Speech

Education Governance Review

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