Consultation on a bill to introduce “radical” reforms to the education system has opened.
The Education (Scotland) Bill 2018 is intended to change the way schools are run with reforms including:
- 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 to teachers”, drawing on experts from local authorities and Education Scotland
- Strengthened engagement with young people and parents in schools.
“The reforms to be taken forward through the bill are all based on the presumption that decisions about children’s learning and school life should be taken at school level.
“This is built on strong international evidence that empowered schools and engaged parents lead to a better education. I look forward to a constructive, informed and, no doubt, impassioned discussion around these proposals in the weeks to come.”