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Education Reforms

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

The intention behind devolving powers to schools is to empower headteachers as education leaders, but it is not clear what accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure effective oversight and scrutiny of headteachers, who now have enhanced powers over budgets and staffing. When power was with the local authority, we had democratically elected councillors to scrutinise. What mechanisms are in place, through the headteachers charter and the devolved school management guidelines, to ensure effective oversight?