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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Vision for Schools Consultation

City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department is seeking views (by Friday 22 March 2013) from partner organisations and community groups on a new vision for schools.  

Schools face a number of challenges in the coming years, with changes in the curriculum, the impact of new technology and a range of other issues.  The vision is an attempt to take a longer term view on where we want to be and how to get there.  It includes ideas for rotating head teachers in schools, an increase in co-operative learning and a commitment for all children to have access to early learning, childcare and family support from the age of three (and from birth for vulnerable children).

The task now is to make sure that everyone with an interest in learning gets a chance to contribute to the vision.  That means pupils, parents and carers, communities, organisations we work with, employers, further and higher education providers and others.  They want to know what people think of what’s in the draft vision already and what needs to be added or changed.

The consultation will use a range of methods: an electronic survey for partner agencies and community groups, classroom based discussions and a roadshow (see below).  Schools will be heavily involved in the process, consulting with their pupils, parents/carers and staff.

A consultation will also be held for parents/carers, school staff and partner organisations to discuss the vision and contribute ideas for its development.  One local-ish event will be at The City Chambers from 1.30 to 3.30pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013.  Places (limited so book early) can be secured by contacting Angie Arthur.

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