Self evaluation success

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THE RESULTS of an evaluation of Angus Council’s education functions have been published.

The self-evaluation exercise follows an overhaul of Scotland’s system for the external inspection of public services.

To reduce the costs and the burdens associated with these inspections, the responsibility for identifying improvements now lies with the organisations that provide them, working in partnership with national agencies

These change will create a much more streamlined approach to the inspection of schools and an end of the external inspections of education services.

Under this new system, the first self-evaluation of the Angus education service took place last year, and involved key stakeholders in the county.

Members of the council’s education committee heard at the meeting on Tuesday that Education Scotland have now endorsed the findings of the self-evaluation exercise.

The committee heard that key strengths identified by the council and HM Inspectors in the course of the self-assessment exercise included:

* Very effective leadership and clarity of purpose.

* A strong culture of improvement through self-evaluation across the education service.

* Very well considered strategic support for the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence across the council.

* A wide range of positive partnerships involving children, young people and parents.

Committee convener councillor Sheena Welsh commented: “We are very pleased with this report and we can assure residents that we will continue to work closely with Education Scotland to deliver the highest possible quality of education for the young people of Angus.”