In addition to involvement in the activities listed by Maureen, I have also been kept busy on your behalf since the ADES Conference.
Following the meeting with the Learning Directorate to which Maureen refers, I met with members of the Learning Directorate team who will be drafting the Education Bill to discuss in detail some of the issues around local government accountability and the Head Teachers’ Charter.
I represented ADES at the COSLA Policy Forum, which comprises COSLA, ADES, Social Work Scotland and education trade unions. Discussion centred around the current consultation on the Education Bill and it was clear that the organisations represented shared similar concerns.
I have also been involved in discussions with Scottish Government colleagues and others about: the content of the Regional PEF events in the new yea; They Year of Young People in 2018; and about a forthcoming paper from Education Scotland about the role of the Third Sector in assisting local authorities to deliver the Scottish Attainment Challenge.
In my role as Director of The Staff College Scotland, I have been involved in early design conversations about the 2018 ADES Summer School in North Berwick (please hold the dates 9 and 10 August) and the 2018 ADES Conference (15 and 16 November).