Education governance – next steps

Scottish Government’s vision for education and the reforms we will take forward following the review of education governance.


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Further useful links

Association of Directors of Education Scotland ( ADES) -

Care Inspectorate -

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities ( COSLA) -

Education Scotland -

Education Scotland - Curriculum for Excellence -

General Teaching Council for Scotland ( GTCS) -

Improvement Service - Devolved School Management Guidelines (2012) -

Scottish College for Educational Leadership ( SCEL) -

Scottish Government - Getting it Right For Every Child -

Scottish Government - International Council of Education Advisors -

Scottish Government - National Improvement Framework -

Scottish Government - Pupil Equity Fund -

Scottish Government - Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy ( SSLN) -

Scottish Government - The Scottish Attainment Challenge -

Scottish Qualifications Authority ( SQA) -

Scottish Social Services Council ( SSSC) -


Email: Stephanie Gray

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

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St Andrew's House
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