The Scottish Government has published its Education Delivery Plan today, the Deputy First Minister announced.
The Delivery Plan sets outs the actions required to substantially close the attainment gap over the next five years and deliver a world class education system in Scotland. It will involve further sustained pressure to reduce workload for teachers.
The plan confirms the Scottish Government will:
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney, said:
“The Scottish Government will be relentless in its efforts to ensure that every child – no matter where they are from or how well off their family is – has the same opportunities and an equal chance to succeed.
“We must ensure our curriculum, applauded by the OECD, can be delivered so that our teachers are free to teach and our children have the opportunity to learn.
“We will give teachers confidence about what the Curriculum for Excellence expects of them. We will de-clutter the curriculum and strip away anything that creates unnecessary workload for teachers and learners, and we will take forward a new programme of reducing workload in schools. I will directly oversee this activity supported by a panel of teachers whose voice and experience will inform what is taken forward.
“We must create the right structures to encourage and enable everyone to participate fully in school life.
“Our review of governance will explore all options to ensure we create the right balance of autonomy and accountability in our education system. It will consider the changes needed to empower our teachers and schools, seek to devolve decision-making and funding to schools and communities and support the development of school clusters and new educational regions.
“At the same time we will develop proposals for a fair and transparent national funding formula to ensure resources go where they are needed most.
“All of this requires leadership at all levels and by all involved in Scottish education. Investing in the skills, knowledge and confidence of our teachers will create the right culture of empowered leadership.
“Today marks the start of a new journey for Scottish education that will ensure we realise our ambition for excellence and equity for every child and young person in Scotland.”