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Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy

Curriculum for Excellence Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy

The Scottish Government and its partners established in 2013 the CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy.  Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, chairs the Group. The Group’s membership includes teacher associations (EIS, School Leaders Scotland, AHDS, Voice, NASUWT, SSTA), local authority representative groups (COSLA and ADES), National Parent Forum Scotland, Education Scotland and SQA.

 The Group identified the main drivers around excessive bureaucracy relating to the implementation of CfE and made proposals for addressing the issues involved. The Group issued its first report in November 2013.

The Group met to review progress and agreed to produce a follow-up report to reinforce key messages and set out further action.  The follow up report was published on 20 March 2015 and can be accessed here

The key actions in the follow-up report are that:

  • Current School Improvement Plans and Working Time Agreements should reflect the actions in the Group’s original report. Where this is not the case, the actions in this follow-up report should be incorporated in School Improvement Plans and Working Time Agreements for session 2015/16.
  • Effective use should be made of LNCTs (Local Negotiating Committees for Teachers) and other professional fora to agree priorities for tackling bureaucracy and evaluating the impact of the changes made.
  • Education Scotland will continue to use its inspection teams to challenge unnecessary bureaucracy and offer practical assistance to schools and local authorities.
  • Education Scotland will work with teacher associations and ADES on a series of workshops to provide practical guidance and exemplification to reduce bureaucracy. This will build on the success of the joint events held last year.
  • SQA and local authorities will continue to streamline verification procedures for the new qualifications.

The report also contains a range of examples from schools and local authorities on how they are tackling bureaucracy in four key areas of concern: forward planning; assessment; self-evaluation and improvement processes; and monitoring and reporting.