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- The establishment of a Headteachers' Charter which will be set in statute their key responsibilities
- Headteachers to have power to lead learning and teaching and design curriculum within general framework
- Set as a duty that headteachers and leadership teams collaborate with other schools and partners
- Require headteachers to involve school community (pupils, parents, staff) in key decisions
- Local authorities to retain over-arching duties and participate in Regional Collaboratives to support schools.
- Headteachers have full responsibility for appointment of staff in their schools
- Shared accountability between headteachers, local authorities and collaboratives
- Local authorities will retain their duty to improve school quality, but will do this through collaboratives
- Remove the requirement for local authorities to develop separate improvement plans
- Give headteachers the ability to choose their team and decide promoted post structures
- Local authorities to remain as employers of all staff
- Delegation of staffing budgets from local authorities to schools
- Strengthen and clarify parental involvement in schools
- Pupil participation in schools will be enhanced through general principles that will allow schools to shape what this looks like themselves
- Regional Collaboratives established to support teachers and others working with young people
- Each collaborative will produce an improvement plan by January 2018
- The responsibilities for standards will be taken over by a new Education Workforce Council For Scotland, replacing GTCS
- All professionals working in schools will fall under responsibility of the new workforce council
- All professionals will need to be registered with the new council
Personally, I would have much preferred Mr Swinney to emphasise more, and focus more, on supporting and developing excellent learning and teaching in his preamble, because I think most people recognise, and research has shown, that this is the factor that has the greatest impact on performance of schools and learners. Indeed, the government's own panel of international educational advisors has recommended that the focus needs to be more on this, as well as school leadership, rather than structural change, if the government is to go some significant way to achieving its goals for education. We need to keep supporting and developing our teachers and school leaders to become the very best they can be, in order to achieve our aims for our schools, our learners and society. Structural changes may support this desire, but continual professional development is key. But we are where we are, and we have to engage in order to get the best outcomes we can for our learners, and our education system.
I believe we all are seeking the same outcomes, and we have a professional responsibility to help shape the journey to achieving them, as best we can. hopefully this is being discussed amongst clusters and organisations, but I think it important individuals take the time to respond too.
The consultation is online at consult.gov.scot It does take a while to complete, but you can save it and they will email you a link to your form and your answers. The consultation is running for three months till the end of January 20018.