ADES Association of Directors of
Education in Scotland

Welcome to 2018


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.

Michael Wood
ADES General Secretary

Michael Wood
Michael Wood is the General Secretary of ADES. He took up post in May 2017 and actively supports all aspects of our work. During his career he has worked successfully at every level within the education system, from school to international level. His previous roles include: HT, HMIe, DofE and Executive Director of Children and Families Service (both Dundee). Michael has worked closely on varied projects with the University of Dundee, ADES and the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, COSLA, SCEL and the Robert Owen Institute for Research. In 2017 he set up an Educational Consultancy and was also appointed the post of Honorary Professor by the University of Dundee.