Regional Improvement Leads appointed
Schools across Scotland will be able to draw on a range of expertise through six newly established Regional Improvement Collaboratives.
Each one will be led by a Regional Improvement Lead and will work with schools, using all available evidence, to provide targeted advice and support to drive improvement.
The leads have been appointed by agreement of Local Authority Chief Executives in each regional collaborative, and the Scottish Government advised by the Interim Chief Inspector of Education.
The leads will be responsible for ensuring a detailed Improvement Plan in consultation with their schools and headteachers is in place for each area by 2018. Scottish Government officials, along with Education Scotland, will meet shortly with each collaborative to support this detailed planning process.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
“This government’s overriding priority is to close the poverty-related attainment gap and raise standards for all.
“The new Regional Improvement Collaboratives will help achieve this by sharing evidence of what works and providing expert and practical support for teachers and schools. Having strong leadership is crucial to realising this aim, and I have written to each Regional Collaborative lead today congratulating them on their appointment to these crucial roles and inviting them to join the new Scottish Education Council. I am confident the six leads – working with Education Scotland – will bring focus and pace to the Collaboratives.”
Education Scotland has also assigned a regional lead officer to work with each improvement collaborative. They will work with regional improvement leads to identify staff from local authorities and Education Scotland to deliver the improved support for schools.
Graeme Logan, Interim Chief Inspector of Education said:
“The newly established Regional Improvement Collaboratives provide an opportunity to strengthen further and increase pace with the national endeavour to achieve excellence and equity for all children.
“Education Scotland looks forward to working together with the Regional Improvement Leads to improve the quality and consistency of support for schools and partners.”
The Regional Improvement Collaboratives and Leads are:
Regional Improvement Collaborative
Regional Improvement Lead
|Forth Valley & West Lothian Collaborative
West Lothian Council
|Robert Naylor, Director of Education, Falkirk Council|
|The Northern Alliance
Aberdeen City Council
Argyll & Bute Council
Comhairle nan Eilean Sar
Orkney Islands Council
Shetland Islands Council
|Gayle Gorman, Director of Children’s Services, Aberdeen City Council|
|South East Alliance
Edinburgh City Council
East Lothian Council
Scottish Borders Council
|Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director Education and Children’s Services, Fife Council|
|South West Collaborative
East Ayrshire Council
North Ayrshire Council
South Ayrshire Council
Dumfries & Galloway Council
|Douglas Hutchison, Director of Education, South Ayrshire Council|
|The Tayside Collaborative
Dundee City Council
Perth & Kinross Council
|Sheena Devlin, Director of Children’s Services, Perth & Kinross Council|
|The West Partnership
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Glasgow City Council
North Lanarkshire Council
South Lanarkshire Council
West Dunbartonshire Council
|Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education, East Renfrewshire Council|