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Empowering teachers, parents and communities to achieve Excellence and Equity – A Governance Review

Empowering Schools: A Consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

On 7 November 2017 the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, MSP launched ‘Empowering Schools: A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill’.

During the Programme for Government speech the First Minister made clear that the Education (Scotland) Bill 2018 will be the centrepiece of the legislative programme for the year ahead.

The Bill will include a number of provisions reforming how schools are run and put schools in charge of key decisions about a child’s education. It will provide:

  • More freedom to make choices about curriculum, improvement, and funding at school level;

  • More freedom for headteachers to choose school staff and management structure;

  • New Regional Improvement Collaboratives to provide streamlined and strengthened support for teachers, drawing on experts from local authorities and Education Scotland;

  • Strengthened engagement with young people and parents in schools; and

  • The establishment of an Education Workforce Council to take on the responsibilities of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council and to register other education professionals.

These reforms will create an education system better able to give every child the best start in life and to close the poverty-related attainment gap.                                           

The consultation will run from Tuesday 7 November 2017 and seeks views on the detailed policy proposals for these key themes. Responses will inform the drafting of the Education Bill which will be introduced to Parliament during the current parliamentary year.

We look forward to hearing your views on the proposals.

You can respond to the consultation on the Scottish Government consultation hub. If you are unable to respond online, please complete the Respondent Information Form and send to EducationReform@gov.scot or write to us at:

Area 2B North
Victoria Quay

The consultation closes on Tuesday 30 January 2018.