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Education Department: Departmental Business Delivery and Improvement Plan 2004-05

DescriptionEducation Department: Departmental Business Delivery and Improvement Plan 2004-05
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SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT:
DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS DELIVERY AND IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2004-05

1. The Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) supports two Ministerial portfolios: Education and Young People; and Tourism, Culture and Sport.

2. The overarching aim and objectives of the Education and Young People portfolio are:

Aim:

To give every child and young person the best possible start in life, through delivering the National Priorities for education and Closing the Gap for those who are not sharing the general level of attainment and well-being.

Objectives:

Objective 1: Closing the gap - by putting children and young people and their families first; ensuring they are safe and do not threaten the safety of others; promoting equality, inclusion and diversity; and developing values and citizenship.

Objective 2: Building Capacity - by establishing an effective framework for learning, investing in infrastructure, and ensuring the workforce has the capacity to deliver high quality services.

Objective 3: Ensuring Excellence - by maximising achievement and attainment, and providing a basis for Learning for Life.

3. The overarching aim and objectives of the Tourism Culture and Sport portfolio are:

Aim:

To enhance everyone's quality of life through sport, culture and the built environment, and to help make Scotland a must-visit tourism destination.

Objectives:

Objective 1: To ensure that everyone of all ages has the opportunity to take part in a variety of cultural and sporting activities;

Objective 2: To support social inclusion by ensuring the widest possible involvement in cultural, social and sporting opportunities;

Objective 3: To promote a high standard of conservation of historic buildings and to promote the highest standards of contemporary building;

Objective 4: To generate jobs and wealth for Scotland by assisting young people to be creative and enterprising, and by promoting and developing the tourism, cultural and sporting sectors of the economy.

Objective 5: To develop Scotland's tourism potential through Historic Scotland and VisitScotland, and in partnership with all relevant bodies;

Objective 6: Promoting excellence in sport and culture.

4. The Department's business, delivery and improvement plans are focused on these aims and objectives, and on the three core elements of the Executive's Changing to Deliver (CtD) framework: outcomes, and the importance of delivery from policy to citizen; outward focus, working with stakeholders to design policies and services; and strong corporate systems and processes, particularly in relation to business planning.

5. As in 2003-04, the Department's business and delivery plans for 2004-05 are structured by and described in "action area templates" which provide detailed information about each individual policy or portfolio priority. They also underpin a Department-wide balanced scorecard mechanism - introduced in January 2004 - which reviews key measures of staffing, financial management, quality and progress towards Partnership Agreement and other portfolio priorities on a quarterly basis. In 2004-05, planned improvements will focus on the development of substantive, effective and proportionate assessment of stakeholders perception.

6. From July 2004, consistent with the Department's commitment to continuous improvement, the template model will evolve from the present MS-word platform to a more dynamic, user-friendly and efficient database system. This will deliver improvements in the amount of detailed information which can be stored, searched and used in relation to, for example, subsidiary supporting activity and how the timing of delivery impacts on key milestones. It will provide managers at every level of the Department with a more powerful tool for tracking and analysing progress and identifying and resolving problems. It will also produce reports for the quarterly balanced scorecard and help to streamline the associated administrative burden. A review and evaluation of this business planning system/project will be undertaken in 2005-06 and feature in the Education Department - Departmental Improvement Plan for that year.

7. On current plans the Electronic Record and Data Management project is scheduled to be rolled out across the Scottish Executive later in 2004-05.

8. The Department will also support a Change Management Forum.

9. These developments resonate with the three core elements of the Executive's Changing to Deliver framework and provide a platform for further work to enhance the quality and value of knowledge and business management activities. They are key elements of this updated Departmental Improvement Plan, together with ongoing best value/improvement activity:

  • Restructure the Social Work Services Inspectorate and review the framework for the annual programme of visits;
  • Develop and publish, in partnership with the sector, a national strategy for the social care workforce;
  • Re-engineer statistical processes in SEED, as part of the ScotXed programme;

10. The Departmental Improvement Plan is, for the first time, fully integrated with the business delivery plan. This has been achieved by ensuring the preparation of action area templates for reviews, initiatives or projects which support the delivery of effective services by: promoting the highest standards of provision; doing the right things well; and effective decision making.

11. Lists of all templates/plans, organised by Division and by objective are listed below. Additional information about individual plans is available on request from:

Raymond Kirk
Scottish Executive Education Department
Information, Analysis and Communication Division - Policy Support Unit
Area 1B
Victoria Quay
EH6 6QQ

Telephone - 0131-244-1535 E-mail - raymond.kirk@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (SEED) BUSINESS DELIVERY AND IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2004-05
INDEX OF TEMPLATES, BY DIVISION

SCHOOLS DIVISION

  • Schools Estate Grants
  • School Transport
  • School Estate Strategy
  • Review of School Estate Related Legislation and Guidance
  • Review of Safety Guidance relating to School Educational Trips
  • Parental Issues
  • Ministerial School Visits
  • Jordanhill School
  • Independent Schools
  • Home Education
  • General Policy Admin Issues for Schools
  • Equality Issues
  • Education Issues for Children of Asylum Seekers
  • Education bill providing Ministerial powers to secure improvement
  • Developing Relationships with Stakeholders
  • Denominational Faith Schools
  • Assisted-Aided Places Scheme
  • Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme

TEACHERS DIVISION

  • Teacher Induction Scheme
  • Support Staff
  • Sponsorship Role of General Teaching Council - Scotland (GTCS) and Overview of Initial Teacher Training
  • Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers
  • School Leadership and Standard for Headship
  • Review of Initial Teacher Education
  • Devolved School Management
  • Continuous Professional Development of Teachers
  • Class Sizes and Class Organisation
  • Chartered Teacher Programmes
  • Teacher Workforce Planning

PUPIL SUPPORT AND INCLUSION DIVISION (PSI)

  • Study Support-Out of School Hours Learning
  • Scottish Health Promoting Schools Unit
  • Pupil Welfare
  • Positive Behaviour in Schools
  • Integrated Community Schools
  • Health Education and Cross-Cutting Issues
  • Divisional Duties
  • Closing the Gap
  • Centres of Excellence
  • Support for Parents
  • Health Education - Nutrition in Schools

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS DIVISION

  • Programme Management
  • Best Value Exercise for the Grant-Aided additional support needs schools
  • Training for the new additional support needs framework
  • Code of Practice
  • Co-ordinated Support Plans
  • Implementation Strategy for ASL Act
  • Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Secondary legislation from ASL Act

NEW EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS DIVISION

  • Scottish Education Awards
  • National Grid for Learning - Strategy
  • National Grid for Learning - Infrastructure
  • National Grid for Learning - Content and Web Services
  • National Grid for Learning - Change Management
  • National Grid for Learning - ICT for School Administration
  • National Debate Follow Up
  • Future Learning and Teaching Programme
  • National Priorities - Overview and Strategy
  • National Priorities - target setting and performance measurement
  • National Priorities - release of information inc Scottish schools
  • National Priorities - rationalising planning and INEA
  • Scottish Schools Digital Network

QUALIFICATIONS, ASSESSMENT AND CURRICULUM DIVISION

  • Review the School Curriculum following the National Debate
  • Ongoing Support for the Delivery of the Curriculum
  • Improve Arrangements for Assessment throughout the Pre-School and School Years in Scotland
  • Implement the Response to the Review of Enterprise in Education
  • Implement the Recommendations of the Science Strategy as they relate to School Education
  • Ensure Effective Sponsorship of Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
  • Develop a Strategy to Support and Improve Literacy and Numeracy
  • Bring together arrangements for National Monitoring and Publication of Attainment Data
  • Undertake Programme Evaluation of New National Qualifications
  • Address the Relationship between Standard Grade and the New National Qualifications
  • Consult on the Future of Age and Stage Regulations
  • Co-ordinate on-going Development and Support Work for National Qualifications
  • Ensure Effective and Efficient Sponsorship of Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA)

SOCIAL WORK SERVICES INSPECTORATE

  • Restructuring and review of visit programme

SOCIAL WORK POLICY

  • Up-to-date modes of delivery of education, training and development in the sector
  • National Workforce Strategy
  • Sponsor the Scottish Social Services Council - SSSC
  • Set Up and Oversee Data Standards Project
  • Restructuring and review of visit programme
  • Performance improvement

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DIVISION

  • Information Sharing in Children's Services
  • Improving the Cohesion of Parenting Support
  • Developing an Integrated Framework for the Assessment of Children
  • Children's Rights & the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland
  • Child Protection, Public Information and Awareness
  • Child protection reform programme
  • Disqualified from Working with Children List
  • Sure Start Scotland

EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE

  • Supporting the Development of effective lottery programmes for Children and Young People
  • Support the Effective Regulation of Early Years and Childcare Services
  • Secure Improved Childcare Information Services
  • Maintain Full Participation for Pre-School Education
  • Improving the Accessibility, Availability and Affordability of Childcare Provision for older children
  • Development of an Integrated Early Years Strategy
  • Tackling childcare as a barrier to employment or training for LPs
  • Review of Early Years and Childcare Workforce
  • Workforce Development Funding
  • Early years childcare workforce issues

LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN AND YOUTHWORK DIVISION

  • Development of National YouthWork Strategy
  • Support the Scottish Youth Parliament to Develop its Role of Representing the Views of Young People.
  • Provide Opportunities for Young People to Make Informed and Healthy Life Choices including those around Drugs and Alcohol
  • Improve the Information Available, and the Participation Opportunities, for Young People
  • Facilitate the Personal, Social and Educational Development of Young People through Support to the Infrastructure for Youth Work and Youth Organisations
  • Adoption and Permanence Policy Review
  • Inter-country adoption
  • Implementation of Adoption and Children Act 2002 in Scotland
  • Adoption - general
  • Throughcare and aftercare
  • Looked After Children--general issues
  • Educational Attainment of Looked After Children
  • Residential Accommodation for Looked After Children
  • Fostering

YOUTH JUSTICE AND CHILDREN'S HEARINGS

  • Fast-track Hearings and National Standards
  • Victims
  • Tagging
  • Improving quality
  • Secure Care
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Act Implementation
  • Youth Crime Prevention
  • Review of Children's Hearing System
  • Sponsorship of Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA)
  • Supporting the Children's Hearing System

INFORMATION, ANALYSIS AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • The ScotXed Programme
  • Review of Statistical Processes
  • Eurydice
  • Development, Co-ordination and Monitoring of Strategic Planning and Knowledge Management Processes
  • Analytical services
  • Electronic Records Data Management - (eRDM)
  • World Youth Congress - Scotland 2005
  • Education Agreement with France

CULTURAL POLICY

  • Policy for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries
  • National Lottery and Local Government
  • Divisional Honours
  • Developing Cultural Cross-Cutting Policy Links
  • Departmental Improvement Plan
  • Creative Industries Policy Framework and Creativity Agenda
  • Broadcasting
  • Arts and Artform Policy
  • Gaelic-2004
  • Co-ordination of Divisional Finance
  • Supporting Ministers to Deliver Cultural Policy
  • Sponsorship of Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB's) For Culture and Sport
  • Review of Culture
  • Language Strategy
  • Gaelic Development
  • Gaelic Bill

SPORT AND SPORTS POLICY CO-ORDINATION

  • International and Related Events and Policy
  • Active Schools
  • Delivery of Statutory Requirements Relating to Sport
  • National and Regional Facilities
  • Implementation of Sport 21

ARCHITECTURE POLICY

  • Delivery of Executive's Architecture Policy
  • Implementation of Outcome of Review of RCAHMS & RFACS

TOURISM POLICY

  • Future Ambitions For Tourism and Implementation of Tourism Network Scotland
  • Delivery of Executive's Tourism Policy
  • Major Events
  • Delivery of Executive's Tourism Policy

SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (SEED) BUSINESS DELIVERY AND IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2004-05
INDEX OF TEMPLATES, BY OBJECTIVE

EYP Objective 1: Closing the gap - by putting children and young people and their families first; ensuring they are safe and do not threaten the safety of others; promoting equality, inclusion and diversity; and developing values and citizenship.

  • Review of School Estate Related Legislation and Guidance
  • Independent Schools
  • Scottish Health Promoting Schools Unit
  • Health Education and Cross-Cutting Issues
  • Improving the Cohesion of Parenting Support
  • Children's Rights & the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland
  • Sure Start Scotland
  • Secure Improved Childcare Information Services
  • Improving the Accessibility, Availability and Affordability of Childcare Provision for older children
  • Development of an Integrated Early Years Strategy
  • School Transport
  • Ministerial School Visits
  • Review of Safety Guidance relating to School Educational Trips
  • Child protection reform programme
  • Disqualified from Working with Children List
  • Fostering and Adoption
  • Throughcare and Aftercare
  • Parental Issues
  • Jordanhill School
  • Pupil Welfare
  • Home Education
  • Equality Issues
  • Education Issues for Children of Asylum Seekers
  • Denominational Faith Schools
  • Integrated Community Schools
  • Closing the Gap
  • Publication of Report and Review of Therapy Services
  • Policy and Project Management
  • Mainstreaming Pupils with Special Educational Needs
  • Education Bill
  • Disabled Pupils
  • Appeals and Regulations
  • Support for Parents
  • Fast-track Hearings and National Standards
  • Victims
  • Tagging
  • Improving quality
  • Secure Care
  • ASB Implementation
  • Youth Crime Prevention
  • Health Education - Nutrition in Schools
  • Education Agreement with France

EYP Objective 2: Building Capacity - by establishing an effective framework for learning, investing in infrastructure, and ensuring the workforce has the capacity to deliver high quality services.

  • Schools Estate Grants
  • School Estate Strategy
  • Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme
  • National Grid for Learning - Infrastructure
  • National Grid for Learning - Strategy
  • National Grid for Learning - Content and Web Services
  • National Grid for Learning - Change Management
  • Scottish Schools Digital Network
  • General Policy Admin Issues for Schools
  • Assisted and Aided Places Schemes
  • Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers
  • Devolved School Management
  • Positive Behaviour in Schools
  • National Debate Follow Up
  • National Priorities - rationalising planning and INEA
  • National Priorities - release of information inc Scottish schools
  • National Priorities - Overview and Strategy
  • Teacher Induction Scheme
  • Sponsorship Role of General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) and Overview of Initial Teacher Training
  • Review of Initial Teacher Education
  • Programme Management and Related Policy Areas
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Sponsor the Scottish Social Services Council
  • Section 9 funds for social work training

EYP Objective 3: Ensuring Excellence - by maximising achievement and attainment, and providing a basis for Learning for Life.

  • Education Bill providing Ministerial powers to secure improvement
  • Scottish Education Awards
  • Future Learning and Teaching Programme
  • Support the Effective Regulation of Early Years and Childcare Services
  • Developing Relationships with Stakeholders
  • National Grid for Learning - ICT for School Administration
  • Maintain Full Participation for Pre-School Education
  • Development, Co-ordination and Monitoring of Strategic Planning and Knowledge Management Processes
  • Teacher Workforce Planning
  • Chartered Teacher Programmes
  • Class Sizes and Class Organisation
  • Continuous Professional Development of Teachers
  • School Leadership and Standard for Headship
  • Supply Staff
  • Review the School Curriculum following the National Debate
  • Ongoing Support for the Delivery of the Curriculum
  • Improve Arrangements for Assessment throughout the Pre-School and School Years in Scotland
  • Implement the Response to the Review of Enterprise in Education
  • Implement the Recommendations of the Science Strategy as they relate to School Education
  • Ensure Effective Sponsorship of Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
  • Develop a Strategy to Support and Improve Literacy and Numeracy
  • Bring together arrangements for National Monitoring and Publication of Attainment Data
  • Undertake Programme Evaluation of New National Qualifications
  • Education of Looked After Children
  • Study Support-Out of School Hours Learning
  • The ScotXed Programme
  • Address the Relationship between Standard Grade and the New National Qualifications
  • Consult on the Future of Age and Stage Regulations
  • Co-ordinate on-going Development and Support Work for National Qualifications
  • Ensure Effective and Efficient Sponsorship of SQA

TCS Objective 1: To ensure that everyone of all ages has the opportunity to take part in a variety of cultural and sporting activities;

  • SCD draft high level delivery plan
  • Sponsorship of Non Departmental Public Bodies For Culture and Sport
  • Active Schools
  • Review of Culture
  • Policy for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries
  • National Lottery and Local Government
  • Developing Cultural Cross-Cutting Policy Links
  • Broadcasting
  • Arts and Artform Policy
  • Gaelic-2004
  • Supporting Ministers to Deliver Cultural Policy
  • Gaelic Bill
  • Gaelic Development
  • Implementation of Sport 21

TCS Objective 2: To support social inclusion by ensuring the widest possible involvement in cultural, social and sporting opportunities;

  • SCD draft high level delivery plan
  • Sponsorship of Non Departmental Public Bodies For Culture and Sport
  • Active Schools
  • Review of Culture
  • Policy for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries
  • National Lottery and Local Government
  • Developing Cultural Cross-Cutting Policy Links
  • Broadcasting
  • Arts and Artform Policy
  • Gaelic-2004
  • Supporting Ministers to Deliver Cultural Policy
  • Delivery of Statutory Requirements Relating to Sport
  • Language Strategy

Objective 3: To promote a high standard of conservation of historic buildings and to promote the highest standards of contemporary building;

  • Implementation of Outcome of Review of Royal Commission on the Ancient Historical Monuments Scotland (RCAHMs) and Royal Fine Arts Commission - Scotland (RFACS)
  • Sponsorship of Non Departmental Public Bodies For Culture and Sport
  • Active Schools
  • Review of Culture
  • Policy for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries
  • National Lottery and Local Government
  • Developing Cultural Cross-Cutting Policy Links
  • Broadcasting
  • Arts and Artform Policy
  • Gaelic-2004
  • Supporting Ministers to Deliver Cultural Policy
  • Delivery of Executive's Architecture Policy

TCS Objective 4: To generate jobs and wealth for Scotland by assisting young people to be creative and enterprising, and by promoting and developing the tourism, cultural and sporting sectors of the economy.

  • SCD draft high level delivery plan
  • Creative Industries Policy Framework and Creativity Agenda
  • Review of Culture
  • Policy for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries
  • National Lottery and Local Government
  • Developing Cultural Cross-Cutting Policy Links
  • Broadcasting
  • Arts and Artform Policy
  • Gaelic-2004
  • Delivering Cultural Policy
  • Future Ambitions For Tourism and Implementation of Tourism Network Scotland
  • Delivery of Executive's Tourism Policy

TCS Objective 5: To develop Scotland's tourism potential through Historic Scotland and VisitScotland, and in partnership with all relevant bodies;

  • Major Events
  • Future Ambitions For Tourism and Implementation of Tourism Network Scotland
  • Delivery of Executive's Tourism Policy

TCS Objective 6: Promoting excellence in sport and culture.

  • SCD draft high level delivery plan
  • Sponsorship of NDPB's For Culture and Sport
  • Active Schools
  • International and Related Events and Policy
  • Review of Culture
  • Policy for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries
  • National Lottery and Local Government
  • Developing Cultural Cross-Cutting Policy Links
  • Broadcasting
  • Arts and Artform Policy
  • Gaelic-2004
  • Supporting Ministers to Deliver Cultural Policy
  • Major Events
  • National and Regional Facilities