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LIFELONG PARTNERS: SCOTLAND'S SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF A LIFELONG LEARNING SOCIETY: A Strategy for Partnership

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SECTION 7
Local Partnership Arrangements

Delivery of School/College Partnership Locally

7.1 One of the main findings from the research the Executive undertook into existing local delivery arrangements 27 was that there is a need for greater consistency in the management of school/college partnership. A stronger role in forward planning by education authorities was also identified.

7.2 Local school/college partnership strategies will be developed within the overall framework of Community Planning to cover all secondary and special schools in each local authority area and appropriate colleges. This means that colleges like local authorities should be involved at the strategic as well as operational levels of Community Planning. Community Planning Partnerships provide the local mechanism for co-ordinating the work of local authorities and colleges to ensure that the risks of unnecessary duplication of facilities are minimised.

7.3 Given that education authorities are responsible for the whole package of school pupils' learning and welfare (which gives them an overview of pupils' educational needs), and Community Planning is facilitated by local authorities, local authorities will take the lead in preparing local strategies.
A partnership approach needs to be taken with colleges to meet the challenge of delivering locally relevant learning opportunities and matching pupil needs and aspirations with the available provision of courses by colleges (whether inside or outside the area boundaries of the local authority).

7.4 A key issue for local dialogue is to facilitate the effective delivery of partnership activity. Local strategies should consider how best to co-ordinate school and college timetables taking into account travelling time. Other key matters for local decision-making are to:

  • identify clearly the respective responsibilities of each of the partners;
  • establish a timetable for the management of partnership activity; and
  • consider how best to present college options to pupils.

7.5 Local authorities and colleges will by 2007 review all local school/college partnership activities to ensure that they match the framework for the 3-18 curriculum for pupils set out in
A Curriculum for Excellence.

7.6 Scottish Executive Determined to Succeed advisers, through their support role to local authority Determined to Succeed teams, will help inform and disseminate information on relevant school/college partnership activities.