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

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The Education (Scotland) Bill being introduced later this parliamentary year will create a school and teacher-led education system. The Bill will establish a Headteachers’ Charter which sets out the rights and responsibilities of headteachers, empowering them to be the leaders of learning in their schools. The Bill will also improve parental and community engagement in school life and in learning outside of school, and strengthen the voice of children and young people by actively promoting and supporting pupil participation.

In addition, the Bill will provide the legislative underpinning for the establishment of Regional Improvement Collaboratives, which will provide professional learning and leadership, support in both curriculum and specific sectors, sharing of good practice, and peer to peer collaboration, among other responsibilities. The Bill will also enable registration of other educational professionals with the Education Workforce Council, taking on the responsibilities of the GTCS and Community Learning and Development Standards Council. This will establish professional standards for other education professionals within the workforce.

The consultation paper sets out how these changes will improve educational outcomes for young people, how they will work in practice, and what legislative changes are needed to enable them to happen. The Scottish Government is looking for views on whether the changes set out will deliver an empowered school and teacher-led system.

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