Education reform programme

Overview

An extensive education reform programme is underway in Scotland. Read more: education reform

As part of this reform, three new national education bodies will be created: a qualifications body, a national agency for Scottish education, and an independent inspectorate body. These will replace the SQA and Education Scotland.  

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills has made clear that the reform programme must demonstrate that it is listening to learners and other stakeholders and be radical in its approach to re-shaping Scotland’s educational infrastructure. 

We recognise that education reform is not something government can or should do alone. The report by Professor Ken Muir, Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education, discussed how the new national bodies should be established and was clear in its recommendation that this transition 'should be taken forward in partnership with the bodies subject to reform'.  

The arrangements for education reform governance include a wide range of external stakeholders to provide a broad and diverse range of views and to put critical challenge at the centre of this work. It also includes representation from the existing organisations to ensure it captures insights and experiences from within those bodies.  A Stakeholder Reference Group will meet for the first time at the end of September 2022.  

This is a significant multi-phase change programme covering discovery, design, delivery and transition activity.  This page details the programme governance arrangements to establish the new national bodies and develop the policy and legislation needed. 

Members

A strategic board and three delivery boards have been established to lead, design and deliver this work.  Membership of these groups will be regularly reviewed, and this page will be updated with any changes or additions.  

Education Reform Programme Board  

 

Board role  

Name  

Organisation  

Title 

Chair/SRO  

Clare Hicks  

Scottish Government  

Director Education Reform  

Board member  

Fiona Robertson  

SQA 

Chief Executive  

Board member  

Gayle Gorman 

Education Scotland  

Chief Inspector  

Board member  

Laura Caven  

COSLA  

Representative  

Board member  

Grace Vickers 

SOLACE 

Representative  

Board member  

Douglas Hutchison  

ADES 

Representative  

Board member  

Graeme Logan 

Scottish Government  

Director for Learning  

Board member  

Stephen Pathirana 

Scottish Government  

Director for Advance Learning and Science 

Board member  

Alison Cummings 

Scottish Government  

Director for Early Learning and Childcare 

Board member  

Elaine Lothian for Nicky Richards 

Scottish Government  

Director for People (HR Business Partner)  

Board member  

Helena Gray 

Scottish Government  

Director for Fair work, Employment and Skills  

Board member  

Geoff Huggins 

Scottish Government  

Director for Digital 

Board member  

Peter Hookway 

Scottish Government  

Finance Business Partner  

Non-executive member   

Stephen Kerr 

Social Security Scotland  

Social Security Director  

Independent advisor  

Ken Muir 

 N/A 

Independent Advisor 

Independent advisor  

Louise Hayward 

 N/A 

Independent Advisor 

Programme Director  

Lisa Bird  

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director for Education Reform and Programme Director 

Programme Director  

Liz McGrath 

SQA 

Programme Director 

Programme Director  

Gillian Hamilton 

Education Scotland  

Programme Director 

Programme Director  

Laura Murdoch 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director for Curriculum Qualifications & Gaelic  

Programme lead

Robert Skey 

Scottish Government  

Head of Delivery, Comms & Engagement  

Minutes

We publish minutes from the meetings  of this Board.

Inspectorate and Agency Delivery Boards (currently meeting together)  

 

Board role  

Name  

Organisation  

Title 

Chair/Programme Director  

Gillian Hamilton 

Education Scotland  

Programme Director 

Programme lead  

Sean Stronach 

Scottish Government  

SG (Scottish Government) Programme lead 

Programme lead  

Janie McManus 

Education Scotland  

Strategic Director – ES lead for new Inspectorate commissions 

Programme lead  

Patricia Watson 

Education Scotland  

Strategic Director – ES lead for new Education Agency commissions 

Board member 

Maureen Hamilton 

Education Scotland  

Chair of ES Change Team & ES Head of Operations 

Board member 

Ken McAra 

FDA 

Trade union representative 

Board member 

Magnus Hughson 

PCS 

Trade union representative 

Non-executive member  

Laurence Findlay 

Aberdeenshire Council  

Director of Education, Aberdeenshire Council 

Non-executive member  

Greg Dempster 

AHDS 

Non-Executive, AHDS 

Non-executive member  

Andrea Bradley 

EIS 

Non-Executive, EIS 

Non-executive member  

Kerrie Laird 

Excellence in Headship Stretch  

Head Teacher and programme participant in Excellence in Headship Stretch 

Non-executive member  

Harold Hislop 

Department of Education, Ireland  

Chief Inspector, Department of Education, Ireland 

Minutes

We publish minutes from the meetings  of this Board. 

Qualifications Body Delivery Board 

 

Board role  

Name  

Organisation  

Title 

Chair and Finance and Governance lead 

Mike Baxter 

SQA 

Chair and Finance and Governance Lead 

Programme Director  

Liz McGrath 

SQA 

Programme Director 

Programme lead  

Chris Graham 

Scottish Government  

Programme Lead 

Board member  

George Brown 

SQA 

Regulation and Accreditation 

Board member  

Dawnne Mahmoud 

SQA 

People 

Board member  

Martin Campbell 

SQA 

Change/Systems 

Board member  

John Booth 

SQA 

Communications 

Board member  

Erin McCabe 

Unite  

Trade Union Representative 

Board member  

Liz Cunningham 

Unison  

Trade Union Representative 

Non-executive member 

Ken Thomson 

Forth Valley College  

Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College 

Non-executive member 

Stuart McKenna 

Scottish Training Federation  

Chief Executive, Scottish Training Federation 

Non-executive member 

Lyndsay McRoberts 

South Ayrshire Council  

Director of Education, South Ayrshire Council 

Non-executive member 

Isabel Nisbet 

N/A

Non-executive member 

Non-executive member 

Julie MacDonald 

Highland Council  

School Leaders Scotland, Head Teacher, Nairn Academy 

Minutes

We publish minutes from the meetings of this Board.

Policy and Legislation Delivery Board  

 

Board role  

Name  

Organisation  

Title 

Chair/Programme Director  

Lisa Bird  

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director, Education Reform 

Board member 

Helen Webster 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director, Advanced Learning and Science Reform Division 

Board member 

Adam Reid 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director, Skills 

Board member 

Eleanor Passmore 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director Early Learning and Childcare 

Board member 

Linda Pooley 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director, Colleges, Young Workforce and SFC Sponsorship 

Board member 

Laura Murdoch 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director, Curriculum and Qualifications 

Board member 

Alison Taylor 

Scottish Government  

Deputy Director, Improvement Attainment and Wellbeing 

Non-executive member 

Tracy Kirk 

University Of Stirling  

Non-Executive Member, University of Stirling 

Non-executive member 

Naomi Stanford 

  N/A

Non-Executive Member, Organisational Design 

Non-executive member 

Fiona Robertson  

ADES (Midlothian Council)  

Representative 

Non-executive member 

Campbell Wilson  

Peebles High School  

Head Teacher and Vice President of SLS  

Non-executive member 

Matthew Sweeney 

COSLA 

Non-Executive Member, COSLA 

Minutes

We publish minutes from the meetings  of this Board

High-level target operating models are being developed for each of the new bodies.  By the end of 2022, we expect to have a strategic model that articulates the functions and role of the new bodies and their high-level structures based on a new service-led approach to delivery. This will then be refined in more detail through to spring 2023. 

 

Policies

Contact

You can contact the team leading work on structural reform and the establishment of new public bodies at: educationreform@gov.scot   

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