With a changing political and economic environment comes a growing need to consider alternative approaches to the management and governance of education in Scotland. Opening up discussion around how schools could be managed differently has the potential to improve the learning outcomes of young people in Scotland and to deliver efficiencies.
The aim of the conference was to provide an open forum for all those with an interest in the effective and efficient running of schools in Scotland, including school leaders, directors of education within local authorities, parent councils, community organisations and non-departmental public bodies, so that they could explore future opportunities to improve school governance.
The conference brought together a wide range of speakers from Scotland and further afield, including an address by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP. Electronic polling was also used throughout the day to record the views of those attending on a range of issues.
Reform Scotland has put together this report which is a summary of the speeches made during the day and the results of the electronic polling which produced some very interesting results.