International Council of Education Advisors call for cultural change


A report from the recent meeting of the First Minister’s International Council of Educational Advisors (ICEA) has highlighted the need to focus on cultural change and capacity building as well as structural reform. ICEA also recommended that further investment to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom and unleashing untapped leadership potential within schools was required. To achieve this ICEA believes the system needs to focus on building stronger collaboration and partnerships.


Professor Christopher Chapman, a member of ICEA and Founding Director of The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change within the School of Education said: “For Scottish education to fulfill its ambition of leveling the playing field so all our young people achieve their full potential we need to create system that ensures every child has access to the very best learning and teaching. We also need to build leadership capacity by investing in professional learning that impacts on what teachers and leaders day-to-day practices. To achieve this it is important to build a collaborative culture that celebrates success and moves knowledge and expertise around the system. The Education Governance Review provides a significant opportunity for the system to rise to this challenge by rethinking and reculturing ways of working within Scottish education.”

The report also highlights the strengths of Curriculum for Excellence and the National Improvement Framework noting that they provide a clear and positive narrative which have the potential to close the poverty-related attainment gap. Scottish Government said: “We value the council’s expertise, robust challenge and input into our policy thinking, and our decision to further empower schools and teachers took their advice into account alongside other evidence.”


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The Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE) is part of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) at the University of Glasgow.

It works in collaboration with schools, local authorities, Education Scotland and partner services to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap in young people’s education.

NSEE helps schools to use appropriate evidence and data within collaborative working approaches to critically examine context and current arrangements, make changes based on evidence, monitor the impact of these changes and reflect on what they learn.

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