Date lodged: 6 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to consult on the content of its forthcoming education bill.
Answered by: John Swinney 7 November 2017
The Scottish Government will launch the consultation on the detailed policy proposals to be included in the Education (Scotland) Bill on 7 November 2018. The consultation will run until 30 January 2018.
The provisions to be included in the Bill make it possible for headteachers to fulfil their role as leaders of learning within their schools. The Bill will:
Establish a Headteachers' Charter to define headteachers’ responsibilities as leaders of learning in schools and set out the support they can expect.
Provide the legislative underpinning for the establishment of Regional Improvement Collaboratives.
Improve parental and community engagement in school life and learning.
Strengthen the voice of children and young people, promoting and supporting pupil participation.
Establish an Education Workforce Council to take on the responsibilities of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council and to register other education professionals.