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S5W-10704: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposals set out in, Education Governance: Next Steps - Empowering Our Teachers, Parents and Communities to Deliver Excellence and Equity for Our Children, what assessment it has made of the skills that will be required by head teachers to close the (a) attainment and (b) poverty gap.

Answered by: John Swinney 29 August 2017

Headteachers are currently expected to lead school improvement as set out in their national terms and conditions agreed by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers and in the General Teaching Council for Scotland Standards for Headship and Leadership. I am committed to developing a Headteachers Charter and this will ensure that Headteachers are the leaders of learning in their schools, responsible for raising attainment and closing the attainment gap. Since 2013 the Scottish Government has invested significantly in the leadership development of our Headteachers in order to support their crucial role in raising attainment and closing the attainment gap. We have introduced legislation to ensure all Headteachers appointed after August 2020 will have the Standard for Headship and developed the 'Into Headship' programme to allow teachers to demonstrate meeting the Standard. We will continue to work with the profession and Headteacher Associations to ensure Headteachers are supported appropriately as leaders of learning and teaching.