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Empowering teachers, parents and communities to achieve Excellence and Equity – a governance review

The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, launched a Governance Review of early years and schools education on the 13th of September 2016. When launching the review the Deputy First minister said:

“Our guiding principle for the way our schools are run is simple. Decisions should be taken at school level. That will be our presumption and we will place it at the heart of this review. We  want to empower our teachers – and our early years workers - to make the best decisions for children and young people. They have the expertise we need.  They are the professionals charged with using the power of education to change a child’s destiny. We will place them at the heart of a system that makes decisions about children’s learning and school life within the schools themselves, supported by parents and the local community.”

We believe that decisions about children’s learning and school life should be taken in schools. We want to empower teachers, practitioners, parents, children and young people and communities to have a stronger voice in Scottish education and to become key decision makers.

We are seeking your views on how education is run: who should take decisions in relation to the education of children and young people and how the funding of education can be made fairer. We know that teachers and practitioners need support to do their jobs and that they need opportunities for high quality professional development. The governance review also seeks your views on how this can be improved.

We want to hear views from every part of Scotland – from children and young people, from parents, teachers, practitioners and the wider community. We want to hear from those with a formal role in our education system and those who share a stake in its success.

Come to one of our events and share your views with us – information on events can be found on the right.

You can respond to the questions raised in the Governance Review. You can also read a copy of the Governance Review. You can share any other views you have on the Governance Review or ask questions by emailing governancereview@gov.scot.

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