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Review Must Enhance Support for Schools, Promote Local Democracy

13 September 2016

The EIS has today (Tuesday) called for the Scottish Government’s Review of School Governance to deliver increased and more effective support for schools and an enhanced learning and teaching environment for pupils and teachers.

The EIS comments came as the Deputy First Minister John Swinney made a statement, outlining details of the Scottish Government’s consultation process.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The Scottish Government has made clear that it does not intend to take schools out of local authority control nor does it intend to mimic the disasters of UK policy in terms of Academies or Free Schools. That is to be welcomed.

"In Scotland, there remains a widely shared continuing commitment to the core ethos of our highly inclusive system of Comprehensive Education.

"At a time when the UK government seems determined to embed division - largely based around socio-economic factors - within its school system, it is important that we take a different approach here in Scotland.”

Mr Flanagan continued, "The EIS believes that there is scope for greater support being provided to schools without compromising local democratic accountability.

"The focus of any governance review should be on how teaching and learning can be supported more effectively, rather than evolving into a turf war between the Scottish Government and local authorities.”

He concluded, "It is important, also, that schools themselves are democratic places where teachers have a voice in how education is delivered.

"The EIS is also very clear that teachers' pay and conditions must remain as nationally negotiated issues and would combat robustly any moves to attack the current arrangements.”