ADES Association of Directors of
Education in Scotland

January 2019


Happy New Year to all ADES members.

This is the first blog update of 2019 and this will be another hectic year for education. We continue to work with Education Scotland to develop Case Study exemplars highlighting good practice at local authority level. We are also about to introduce a new model of Peer Improvement activity and will be working with three authorities at various points between January and March 2019. Further information will be provided following the intial pilot activities.

One area for further development is the introduction of seminars in conjunction with Social Work Scotland. The seminars will focus on GIRFEC related themes and are being funded by Scottish Government. Bill Alexander, the former Director of Care and Learning in Highland Council is actively involved in this development.

This will be a fraught time at local council level as the budget setting process for 2019 - 2020 is finalised. It is not yet clear what the final financial position will be for each local authority but it will continue to be a challenging time as final decisions are made. 

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.