An Ecosystem: What we need for effective collaboration in Scotland
A former teacher and educational leader, and now educational consultant, has called for the Scottish Government and local authorities to loosen their grip on Scotland’s schooling system by allowing more involvement by the charity sector.
Gillian Hunt has been an educator for over 30 years, first as a primary school teacher, then in roles at the City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh. In a report for Reform Scotland’s Melting Pot platform, she says that many individuals and organisation who offer help to the school system are rebuffed, to the detriment of young people and their development.
She has called for:
- the Scottish Government to commission a national voluntary organisation to map all third sector organisations currently partnering with local and national authorities.
- government departments, local authorities, schools and other relevant state sector participants to be required to nominate an existing senior member of their staff to be accountable for recording and promoting appropriate third sector relationships
In the report, which can be read in full below, Gillian Hunt cites several examples of success, including CentreStage in Kilmarnock, the Eric Liddell Community in Edinburgh, the Swire Chinese Language Centre, the Outward Bound Trust and Dunoon Grammar School’s proactive involvement in the local community.