Updated Letter from Highland Council to all Parent Councils about the Education Governance Review

24 Jan 2018: Highland Council has issued an update to its original letter: http://www.highlandpcp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018.01.22-Ed-Gov-parents.pdf.

The HPCP is also preparing a response to the Scottish Govt on the consultation – the draft is at Education governance – HPCP draft response (PDF version) and Education governance – HPCP draft response (MS Word version) whilst the paper being considered at the People Committee on 25 Jan is at Item_14_PEO_10_18

The Scottish Govt consultation document is at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/9712.  Remember that the consultation closes on Tuesday 30 Jan 18.

The original letter is at the link below, text pasted in below that.

2018.01.18 HTs re Ed Gov – Notice to Parent Councils

To Parent Councils

We wrote to Parent Council Chairs in December, setting out the Council’s views about the Scottish Government’s proposals for new legislation to make changes to the management and governance of Scottish education.

The Council shares the Government’s commitment  to improve the education and life chances of children and young people through empowering Headteachers, providing enhanced support to teachers, and through greater collaboration.

However, the Council has major concerns about the Government’s “one size fits all” approach and:

the lack of detail on resourcing such an ambitious set of proposals, which is especially concerning at this time of increasing restraint and reducing budgets;

the centralisation of key functions and loss of local democratically elected checks and balances in the system;

the tensions that will be created between different parts of the education system;

the fragmentation of schools and education from other services for children;

the loss of locally based support for schools, and the loss of local contact for communities on many aspects of education.

The Council will be considering its formal response at the People Committee on 25 January.  This report (Agenda Item 14) is available on the Council website: https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/3924/people_committee

As we said in December, the Council urges staff, parent councils and parents to take part in the consultation.  Accordingly, we will be writing open letters to both teachers and parents, to help make sure that they know about these proposals, and encouraging them to respond.

We would therefore be grateful if you would bring this to the attention of your Parent Council.   It is important that the Parent Voice is heard in these discussions.

Responses can be made on the Scottish Government website, at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00527374.docx


Councillor Alasdair Christie                                    Councillor Andrew Baxter

Depute Leader of the Council                                 Chair of People Committee


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