IDEAS welcomes Scotland's new Regional Improvement Collaboratives

The Scottish Government has announced that schools across Scotland will be able to draw on a range of expertise through six new Regional Improvement Collaboratives.

Each one will be led by a Regional Improvement Lead and will take an evidence-based approach to working with schools in the area to provide advice and support to drive improvement.

IDEAS welcomes the announcement of these leads, who will ensure that a detailed Improvement Plan is in place for their area in 2018, in consultation with schools and headteachers.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “This government’s overriding priority is to close the poverty-related attainment gap and raise standards for all.

“The new Regional Improvement Collaboratives will help achieve this by sharing evidence of what works and providing expert and practical support for teachers and schools. Having strong leadership is crucial to realising this aim."

Education Scotland has also assigned a regional lead officer to work with each improvement collaborative. They will work with regional improvement leads to identify staff from local authorities and Education Scotland to deliver improved support for schools.

More information can be found on the collaboratives and leads here: