Making Sense of Reform: Where Next for Scottish Education?

Chapman, C. (2019) Making Sense of Reform: Where Next for Scottish Education? Other. Association of Directors of Education in Scotland/The Staff College, Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

Education reform continues at pace in Scotland. The Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES) plays a strong leadership role in shaping those reforms placing the learning needs of all Scotland’s children and young people at the centre. The Directors’ Forum met in September 2018, along with senior Scottish Government officials and facilitated by Professor Chris Chapman, to consider the current challenges and opportunities. This think piece continues the debate from Towards A Learning System1 published by ADES in 2017. It draws together some key themes, issues, tensions and dilemmas arising from the ADES Directors’ Forum. It seeks to capture some key messages and provide a stimulus for further reflection and debate about the thinking and practice that is required to take Scotland’s education system to the next level of performance. The think piece is structured into three sections. The first provides an overview of the key themes that emerged during the workshops and reflective sessions over the two days. The second highlights the issues, tensions and dilemmas associated with building a learning system and the final section offers some propositions for reflection to take the debate forwards. Towards A Learning System aimed to set out a way forward – Making sense of reform: where next for Scottish education? challenges us all to take the ownership of change with a continued focus on improving outcomes for all Scotland’s children and young people.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Other)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chapman, Professor Christopher
Authors: Chapman, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Publisher:Association of Directors of Education in Scotland/The Staff College

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