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Headteachers’ Charter

1. The Headteachers' Charter will empower headteachers as the leaders of learning and teaching and as the lead decision maker in how the curriculum is designed and provided in their schools. What further improvements would you suggest to enable headteachers to fulfil this empowered role?

The Headteachers Charter will empower headteachers as the leaders of learning and teaching and as the lead decision maker in how the curriculum is designed and provided in their schools. What further improvements would you suggest to enable headteachers to fulfil this empowered role?
Clarity on the roles and responsibilities of HTs is welcomed and we would agree that they are the leaders of learning, but not in a vacuum. It is important that learners in Scotland have entitlements for a broad and balanced curriculum and not one reliant on the subjective views of one individual. In this respect we see national, regional and local influences having a bearing on the design of the curriculum.

Learning for Sustainability must be a core curriculum dimension for all learners and not subject to a post code lottery.

2. The Headteachers' Charter will empower headteachers to develop their school improvement plans collaboratively with their school community. What improvements could be made to this approach?

The Headteachers Charter will empower headteachers to develop their school improvement plans collaboratively with their school community. What improvements could be made to this approach?
We fully support the collaboration of the school community in its broadest sense in Improvement Planning; to this end we recommend that the Local Learning Network / School and Community Cluster be the vehicle to ensure that curriculum and improvement planning has the continuity and progression of learner experience.

3. The Headteachers' Charter will set out the primacy of the school improvement plan. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

The Charter will set out the primacy of the school improvement plan. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?
There is much to be positive about with this proposal but the Plan must be well founded and have buy in from a wide range of interests and influences.

a. What are the advantages and disadvantages of headteachers being able to have greater input into recruitment exercises and processes adopted by their local authority?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Headteachers being able to have greater input into recruitment exercises and processes adopted by their local authority?
Our main interest here is that there should be staff of the highest quality across a learning network so that a broad curriculum including learning for sustainability is available. The role of third sector groups such as ourselves in adding value to school and learner experience should be recognised.

b. What are the advantages and disadvantages of headteachers' ability to choose their team and decide on the promoted post structure within their schools?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Headteachers ability to choose their team and decide on the promoted post structure within their school?
We have no comment to make on this question.

5. Should headteachers be able to decide how the funding allocated to their schools for the delivery of school education is spent?

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If so, what is the best way of doing this?
We have no comment to make on this question.

6. How could local authorities increase transparency and best involve headteachers and school communities in education spending decisions?

How could local authorities increase transparency and best involve headteachers and school communities in education spending decisions
We have no comment to make on this question.

7. What types of support and professional learning would be valuable to headteachers in preparing to take up the new powers and duties to be set out in the Headteachers' Charter?

By what name should the proposed new body be known?
We have no comment to make on this question.

Parental and Community Engagement

8. Are the broad areas for reform to the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 correct?

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No
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Please explain your answer.
We have no comment to make on this question.

9. How should the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 be enhanced to ensure meaningful consultation by headteachers with parents on substantive matters of school policy, improvement planning and curriculum design?

How should the 2006 Act be enhanced to ensure meaningful consultation by headteachers with parents on substantive matters of school policy, improvement planning and curricula design?
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10. Should the duties and powers in relation to parental involvement apply to publicly funded early learning and childcare settings?

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Please explain your answer.
We have no comment to make on this question.

Pupil Participation

11. Should the Bill include a requirement that all schools in Scotland pursue the principles of pupil participation set out in Chapter 3?

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Please explain your answer.
Pupil participation has been the hall mark of the success in the Eco Schools programme. Whether or not legislation will improve this crucial component of successful schooling is doubtful.

12. What are your thoughts on the proposal to create a general duty to support pupil participation, rather than specific duties to create Pupil Councils, committees etc…?

What are your thoughts on the proposal to create a general duty to support pupil participation, rather than specific duties to create Pupil Councils, committees etc…?
As per our response to Question 11.

Regional Improvement Collaboratives

13. Should the Bill include provisions requiring each local authority to collaborate with partner councils and with Education Scotland in a Regional Improvement Collaborative?

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Please explain your answer.
We see the benefits of Regional Improvement Collaboratives. As currently constituted Education Authorities have clear legislative duties and if Regional Collaboratives are to be given a statutory footing, clarity is required on the respective roles and responsibilities.

We have seen the benefit of supportive education authorities but this has not always been uniformly the case. The same could happen with Regional Collaboratives. We therefore suggest that a National Improvement Framework backed by clear National Education Priorities is established as part of this equation; learning for sustainability sitting within this.

We are concerned with the size and balance of the Collaboratives as currently constituted and would advocate a more even distribution nationally.

14. Should the Bill require each Regional Improvement Collaborative to maintain and to publish annually its Regional Improvement Plan?

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Please explain your answer.
We believe it is acceptable good practice to publish an annual report and wonder if legislation is required.

15. If we require Regional Improvement Collaboratives to report on their achievements (replacing individual local authority reports), should they be required to report annually?

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Please explain your answer.
Three-year planning and reporting is the preferred option.

16. In making changes to the existing planning and reporting cycle, should we consider reducing the frequency of national improvement planning and the requirement on Ministers to review the National Improvement Framework?

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Please explain your answer.
As per our response to Question 15.

Education Workforce Council for Scotland

17. Are the proposed purpose and aims of the Education Workforce Council for Scotland appropriate?

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No
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Please explain your answer.
We have no comment to make on this question.

18. What other purpose and aims might you suggest for the proposed Education Workforce Council for Scotland?

What other purpose and aims might you suggest for the proposed new body?
We have no comment to make on this question.

19. Are the proposed functions of the Education Workforce Council for Scotland appropriate?

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Please explain your answer.
We have no comment to make on this question.

20. What other functions might you suggest for the proposed Education Workforce Council for Scotland?

What other functions might you suggest for the proposed new body?
We have no comment to make on this question.

21. Which education professionals should be subject to mandatory registration with the proposed Education Workforce Council for Scotland?

Which education professionals should be subject to mandatory registration with the proposed new body?
We have no comment to make on this question.

22. Should the Education Workforce Council for Scotland be required to consult on the fees it charges for registration?

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Please explain your answer.
We have no comment to make on this question.

23. Which principles should be used in the design of the governance arrangements for the proposed Education Workforce Council for Scotland?

Which principles should be used in the design of the governance arrangements for the new proposed body?
We have no comment to make on this question.

24. By what name should the proposed Education Workforce Council for Scotland be known?

By what name should the proposed new body be known?
We have no comment to make on this question.

About you

What is your name?

Name
Catherine Gee

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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Organisation
Keep Scotland Beautiful