Today I chaired the first ever Scottish Education Council, a new body established to the oversee the work we are doing to improve education in Scotland.
It brings together young people, education leaders and representatives from local authorities and the teaching profession, with a common national purpose of improving education in Scotland. I hope that it will be a forum for frank and open discussion about what is working in education and where improvement is required. I am in no doubt that members of the council will be able to provide us all with their expert advice and guidance and honest opinions and views, which will enable the council to oversee progress on the implementation and direction of improvement priorities.
Strong leadership and working together are vital to driving improvement and ensuring that all children and young people are able to reach their potential. As we work towards an education system that is led by teachers and schools, it is essential that we have the right national oversight and support in place. I am keen that this council works closely with local government and key stakeholders, including the new Regional Improvement Collaboratives, reflecting the significant role local partners play in the delivery of system-wide improvement.
Improving education is not one person’s responsibility, it is in all of our interests to get this right. I am confident that these new arrangements will ensure a shared responsibility and improve transparency of decision-making while driving our relentless focus on improvement. Rather than just talking about raising standards in education, the new council will deliver them.
Membership of the new Scottish Education Council:
- Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (Chair)
- Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People spokesperson
- Five young people representatives on the council, with two attending each meeting. They will be supported by Young Scot and their names are: Josh Traynor, Cahal Menzies, Rowan Watkins, Olivia Stobart and Amelia Szypczynska
- Janet Brown, Scottish Qualifications Authority Chief Executive
- Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, The Educational Institute of Scotland
- Graeme Logan, interim HM Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Education Adviser
- Ken Muir, Chief Executive, General Teaching Council for Scotland
- Joanna Murphy, Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland
- Morag Redford, Chair of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education
- Fiona Robertson, Scottish Government, Director for Learning
- Maureen McKenna, President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)
- Jim Thewliss, General Secretary, School Leaders Scotland
- Bernadette Malone, Chief Executive, Perth and Kinross Council
- Sheena Devlin, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, Tayside Collaborative
- Gayle Gorman, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, The Northern Alliance
- Douglas Hutchison, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, South West Collaborative
- Carrie Lindsay, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, South East Alliance
- Robert Naylor, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, Forth Valley and West Lothian Collaborative
- Mhairi Shaw, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, The West Partnership