Date lodged: 26 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the commitment in its document, Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education; A Delivery Plan for Scotland, whether it has created a "national forum for academics and practitioners to come together to ensure that cutting-edge evidence is being implemented in practice" in order to close the attainment gap and, if so, how this has been advertised and how many people have used the forum.
Answered by: John Swinney 13 October 2016
The national forum forms part of the activity associated with our proposed Research Strategy for school education. The Strategy is being drawn up following engagement with the academic community and stakeholders within the education system, and in light of the deliberations of the International Council for Education Improvement Advisers, which first met on 31 August 2016.
As part of the process, consideration is being given to the shape of engagement with practitioners and the academic community that will be required to implement the strategy’s objectives in the future, including the structure and role of a national forum.