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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13679: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to tackle the reported lack of confidence of staff at Education Scotland, in light of the findings of the Civil Service People Survey 2017.

Answered by: John Swinney 16 January 2018

These results are deeply disappointing. I believe, however that the appointment of the new Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, Gayle Gorman, last month will come to be seen as the critical step in improving the situation.

She is an experienced teacher, inspector, and, most recently, Education and Children's Services Director of Aberdeen City Council.

She is urgently reviewing the steps that need to be taken to ensure that the key concerns raised in the survey are addressed. A draft improvement plan, taking account of the concerns raised, is under development and has been shared with staff to seek their views. It is expected that the final plan, taking full account of staff views, will be implemented early in this new year.