Hermitage Academy badge and Yvonne McNeilly, Argyll Council’s Policy Lead for Education.
By Aileen Maclennan
Argyll and Bute Council have launched a website (www.EmpoweringOurEducators.co.uk) which explains changes it is proposing to the way schools in Argyll and Bute are led.
The website invites parents, carers and residents in Argyll and Bute to examine the proposals, understand them and have their say.
Schools in Argyll and Bute face falling pupil numbers and challenges in recruiting staff. Scotland-wide education reform is on the way and it is vital that local school leaders are ready and resourced appropriately.
Argyll and Bute Council proposes a new ‘collective’ model for school leadership in the authority, empowering schools to work more effectively together and share resources for the benefit of all pupils.
These proposals have been developed with ongoing input from Argyll and Bute Head Teachers and education professionals. The changes are proposed to protect local schools, build a stronger team of educators and enhance the education of pupils.
The new website (www.EmpoweringOurEducators.co.uk) explains the proposals for change. It includes a short film and provides detailed information for download. Importantly, it includes ways for everybody in Argyll and Bute to have their say and influence the proposals as they are developed further.
Alongside the website, toolkits to facilitate consultation have been sent to all community councils and parent councils in Argyll and Bute, so that they can hold their own feedback sessions and report back. Every Head Teacher in Argyll and Bute has also had the opportunity to feedback on the proposal.
This public consultation process will be central to further shaping the Education Transformation Programme proposals before they are presented to the Elected Members.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Chief Education Officer, Louise Connor, said: “The proposal is designed to ensure equity for all our children and young people. To experience the same level of support, the same quality of learning and teaching, and ultimately the same experience of an innovative and flexible educational provision.”
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “The best outcomes for our young people are at the heart of all our work. We are a Council that listens to our communities and this proactive engagement programme is at the core of our decision-making.”