Scottish Ministers have a statutory duty to review the NIF each year and, in doing so, to consult local authorities, teachers, children, young people and parents. Our consultation in autumn 2017 revealed a consensus that the NIF vision, strategic priorities and drivers of improvement remain fit for purpose. There is a clear view that continuity of approach is needed at school level to support ongoing improvement planning and reporting based on self-evaluation against the four NIF key improvement priorities and six drivers of improvement. This 2018 Improvement Plan also satisfies Ministers duty to publish an annual plan setting out the action they will take to close the poverty-related attainment gap.
The vision, priorities and drivers of improvement set out in this document will underpin our education reform and improvement agenda in the year ahead. 2018 is the Year of Young People. This presents an opportunity to focus minds and to celebrate the achievements and potential of all our young people.