Clacks Council launches focus groups to meet community needs

TEACHERS and education officials across Wee County formed focus groups to respond to community needs.

The Clackmannanshire Council focus groups were formed in partnership with Education Scotland and the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative.

Cross-sectoral partnerships formed Empowerment Leadership Teams, designed to focus on improving specific areas in early learning centers and schools, including curriculum, quality improvement, pedagogy, performance, well-being and inclusion.

Lorraine Sanda – Board Strategic Director, People – emphasized the importance of leaders working collaboratively.

She said: “We have an exceptional group of talented head teachers in Clackmannanshire and I am delighted that we are empowering them to shape the direction of travel and best meet the needs of our communities.

“In recent years the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has been appointed to make recommendations to the Scottish Government on the Scottish education system.

“It’s nice to see Clackmannanshire Council proactively using the recommendations to make improvements.”

Future plans and progress will be scrutinized by the councilors as well as the social work and education staff who formed the Child and Youth Council.

The council will provide a layer of control and governance at work, chaired by Cllr Graham Lindsay, deputy head of the council and spokesperson for education.

The teams were launched at an Alloa Business Center event on Wednesday, October 5, where Cllr Lindsay gave the closing keynote.

He said: “I am delighted to see so many partners coming together and working so closely on continuous improvements in service delivery.

“I am very passionate about helping our children and young people to be their best and providing them with the best experiences that promote well-being and learning.

“I look forward to hearing about the progress.”

Colin Bruce, director of education, explained that forming the teams will hold headteachers accountable while allowing the board to review progress.

He added: “It gives us a solid base to make sure we can better meet the needs of the community.

“I’m very proud of our early learning centers and our school leaders, and it’s great to see my colleagues leading the way.

“I am very grateful to Patricia Watson, Strategic Director of Education Scotland, and Jackie Halawi, Senior Advisor to Education Scotland, who have been instrumental in driving this approach.”

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