It has taken some time to ensure that the new ADES website is ready for launch and I am delighted that it is now fully operational. Your feedback and comments on the site will be welcomed. The aim is to build up the content sections as we move forward so that the information is fresh and relevant.
The introduction of a Blog section gives me the opportunity to provide members with regular updates on a range of ADES related activities and issues:
The most immediate challenge is to finalise and submit the response to the Scottish Government consultation on "A Consultation on the Provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill". Graham Short was commissioned to prepare the response. He visited a range of network meetings to ascertain the views of ADES members. His report has been developed and is now with the Executive Committee.
There are two significant developments arising from our partnership with SCEL. The first is the roll out of the Systems Leadership programme which was introduced at the recent AGM. Notification has has issued to each Director or Chief Education Officer seeking nominations for the initial programme. This will be funded by SCEL and ADES in the first instance. The second development is the introduction of a leadership development programme aimed at Head Teachers and Quality Improvement staff at council level. The programme is based on developmental work in Ontario which sets out the essential characteristics of an effective school and the implications for school leadership. The SCEL website provides information on all available courses.
ADES General Secretary