The case for these system-wide changes is made in the book, ‘Schooling Scotland’.
- no child should start school before age 5
- public and private schools should work together in local professional networks, sharing resources and responsibilities for aspects of the school experience of all local children
- every child should have free stimulating outwith classroom learning experiences
- parents, pupils and staff should have a stronger voice in evaluating their school experience
- rigorous confidential standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy, and parallel reviews of health and well-being, should contribute to annual collaborative home-school planning of a child’s development
- government should initiate discussions on reforms in school governance to empower further local school communities while also retaining strategic capacity and high quality professional networks. The process should not be ‘political’ (horse-trading by different vested interests), but educational (what will produce the best educational outcome for children).
- Scotland should move towards a system where the accountability of a school is evenly weighted between national and local authority expectations and the views of the parents and pupils of the school community, whose individual voices are given more weight through regular opportunities for structured direct feedback.
- government should over time, support the evolution of schools into networks of socially diverse local community learning hubs to structure and improve the educational relationship between schooling and community, and ensure greater equity in our schooling system
- to structure and improve the educational relationship between schooling and community, and ensure greater equity in our schooling system, Government should develop a challenging Scottish Graduation Certificate, achievable by all.