In November 2011 the think tanks Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy set up the Commission on School Reform to consider whether the school system in Scotland is meeting the present and future needs of young people and to try and reach a consensus about specific recommendations on areas for improvement or that require further inquiry.
The Commission was chaired by Keir Bloomer and published its final report, ‘By Diverse Means: Improving Scottish Education’, on 4 March 2013.
In 2015 the Commission was re-convened and has begun issuing challenge papers to prompt a new sense of urgency in Government thinking. The first of these papers was published on 3 November and seeks to transform our educational performance through concerted action to close the gap in attainment and accelerate overall growth in standards, drive up professional standards in teaching and empower schools to respond successfully to local educational needs.
Membership of the re-convened Commission on School Reform is currently as follows:
• Keir Bloomer (Chair): Education Consultant and former Director of Education
• John Barnett: Business consultant and former Parent Council Chairman
• Helen Chambers: Deputy Chief Executive of Inspiring Scotland
• Jamie Cooke: Head of RSA Scotland
• Carole Ford: Former head teacher
• Cllr Jim Goodall: Former Head of Education and Community Services at Clackmannanshire Council and Lib Dem councillor at East Dunbartonshire Council
• Anna Hazel-Dunn: Headteacher Royal High Primary
• Frank Lennon: Former Head of Dunblane High School
• Cllr Paul McLennan: SNP Councillor in East Lothian
• Ross Martin: Economic Agitator with experience in a variety of roles in education-including school teacher, voluntary tutor, chair of local education authority, member of college board & university court, Chair of a charity, and, most importantly, a parent and former student.
• Lindsay Paterson: Professor of education policy in the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University.
• Lesley Sutherland: Board member, Centre for Scottish Public Policy
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION PARTICIPATE IN AN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND THAT THE VIEWS OF THE COMMISSION DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF ANY OTHER ORGANISATION TO WHICH THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS BELONG.