Swinney urges cross-party support for education reforms

STV reports that Education secretary John Swinney will urge rival parties at Holyrood to back his plans for sweeping reforms to Scotland’s schools.

The changes, which were unveiled earlier this month, are set to be debated by the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.

Ahead of the debate, Swinney said: “Government alone cannot realise our ambition of creating a world-class education system for Scotland. That is why I am reaching out to everyone in Parliament. The detail of our reforms will need to be developed in close collaboration with local government, the teaching profession, parents and young people.”

“I want everyone to join with us in closing the attainment gap and raising the bar for all.”

The changes will see head teachers given a raft of new powers as they become responsible for raising attainment and closing the gap between the poorest and richest pupils.

 Heads will also have the power to choose staff and management structures, decide on the curriculum – within a broad national framework – and directly control “significantly” more funding.
The reforms, which follow a review of school governance, will also give parents a stronger voice in the running of schools, Swinney said.
Conservative education spokesman Liz Smith welcomed greater devolution of power to teachers but said more radical reform is needed.
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