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EIS Says Governance Review must Focus on Support for Schools

2 November 2016

The EIS has today (Wednesday) called on the Scottish Government’s review of school governance to focus primarily on enhancing support for schools rather than on proposed possible structural reforms.

The EIS comments come following today’s appearance at the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, where he outlined some of the Scottish Government’s plans in relation to the Review.

Commenting following the Committee meeting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "We are currently taking the views of members to support a formal response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Review of Governance.

"However, from the EIS point of view, the priority must be enhancing the support for schools and teachers and ensuring a consistent high-quality educational experience for pupils in all parts of the country.

"Rather than focussing on structural changes, the Review should concern itself with how teaching and learning can be enhanced and professional collaboration supported.

The role and remit of the proposed regional boards, and any value that this additional structural layer might bring, remains unclear and the key question over the benefit this would bring to schools, teachers and pupils remains to be answered.”