Education Scotland Praises Dumfries And Galloway Council


Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee (17 September 2015) will consider a report that includes examples of good practice and high performance.

The Director’s end of year assessment of business plan performance for Education Services shows that:
• Standardised assessment results for literacy and numeracy in primary schools continue to increase
• Early indications of senior phase exam results are very positive with a rise in attainment areas that are directly compatible with previous years.
• There is an increase in 6 out of 7 measures for S5/S6 Highers and Advanced Highers on a 5 year trend.
• The number if National 4 and 5 presentations has increased significantly with results similar to 2014.

Education Scotland published the validated self-evaluation for Dumfries and Galloway Council Education Services in June 2015. Education Scotland’s report stated that the planning and approach to the evaluation by senior officers was of a very high quality. HM Inspectors stated that the process that was designed and put in place aligned very effectively with the Single Outcome Agreement and the business planning cycle. As a result of the assessment, inspectors found:
• Very strong and highly effective leadership demonstrated by the director, heads of service, and senior officers
• A clear vision for education has been very effectively articulated and is shared by review teams, building capacity in staff to deliver the very best outcomes for learners
• A robust and rigorous quality improvement framework with highly effective self-evaluation processes in place
• A clear focus on building staff skills to improve learning and teaching, raise attainment and develop strong leadership skills
• Robust sources of data at broad general education and senior phases, providing the education authority with the ability to carry out precise analysis and scrutiny of performance at authority, school, and individual pupil levels.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Education committee, said, “Providing the best start in life for all our children is a priority for our Council. I’ve very pleased with the progress being made in education in our region. We are showing sustained improvement over time. I’d like to thank all of the staff, pupils and parents who have contributed to this.”

The whole report is available at: http://egenda.dumgal.gov.uk/aksdumgal/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=60&cmte=EDU&grpid=public&arc=71
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