Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000: statutory guidance

Statutory guidance covering provisions under the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 which amend the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000.


1 In the 2000 Act the definition of “school” includes a “nursery school”, that is to say a school that provides ELC as defined in section 46 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Accordingly, education authority nurseries are covered by the duties mentioned here.

2 Section 3B is inserted into the 2000 Act by section 1 of the 2016 Act.

3 Section 3D is inserted into the 2000 Act by section 2 of the 2016 Act.

4 “National Improvement Framework” is defined in section 58(1) of the 2000 Act as amended by section 2(4)(b) of the 2016 Act.

5 Section 3F and 3H are inserted into the 2000 Act by section 3 of the 2016 Act.

6 National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education

7 How good is our School 4

8 How good is our Early Learning and Childcare

9 Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) - Practice Guidance

10 Scottish Attainment Challenge: framework for recovery and accelerating progress

11 Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy

12 Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

13 Statutory Guidance on Part 3 (Children's Services Planning) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

14 Early learning and childcare: statutory guidance - July 2021

15 Statutory guidance on Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

16 Education Scotland

17 Definition is adapted from Sonia Jackson’s definition of ‘parenting’ presented in M. Davies (ed) (2000) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Work, Oxford, Blackwell, and cited in the Scottish Government (2008) These Are Our Bairns: A Guide for Community Planning Partnerships on Being a Good Corporate Parent.

18 National Improvement Framework

19 Section 3F(4) of the 2000 Act as inserted by section 3 of the 2016 Act.

20 See section 3B(1) and (2) of the 2000 Act.

21 National Improvement Framework

22 Where local authorities do not have cohorts of pupils in these quintiles, local measures or indicators of socio-economic deprivation can be utilised.

23 Supporting children's learning: code of practice (revised 2010)

24 Scottish Attainment Challenge - local stretch aims: 2022 to 2023

25 Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC)

26 The National Standards for Community Engagement

27 The Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations

28 Section 3C(2) and (6) of the 2000 Act.

29 As set out at section 2(1) of the 2000 Act.

30 The wording here reflects that of the legislation.

31 Section 3C of the 2000.

32 Sections 3E, 3F, 3G and 3H of the 2000 Act.

33 The Scottish Ministers Annual Plan Planning Period (Scotland) Regulations 2016

34 Section 6 of the 2000 Act.

35 VOiCE Scotland

36 The three-step improvement framework for Scotland's public services

37 Section 3(5) of the 2016 Act amends section 7 of the 2000 Act to require authorities in defining measures and standards of performance for the purposes of carrying out a review of school performance, to take account of the Framework and the annual plan published by the authority under section 3F of the 2000 Act. Section 3(6) of the 2016 Act makes consequential amendments to section 8 of the 2000 Act to refer instead to “school improvement plan” and section 3(7) replaces the definition of “school development plan” with a definition of “school improvement plan” in section 58(1) of the 2000 Act.

38 Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) - Handbook

39 Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act

40 Scottish School (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 - Guidance

41 The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2012



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