EIS union general secretary Larry Flanagan said that the Scottish government had been “reluctant to acknowledge” Education Scotland’s “many shortcomings”.
Education Scotland must now “define itself in very practical terms” around support provided to schools on assessment and curriculum,” he said, and provide “real critical challenge to politicians and civil servants”.
Seamus Searson, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, believes the body’s enhanced role, outlined in June’s Education Governance Review, “strategically makes sense”. Education Scotland has a chance to shake off the negative perceptions many hold, he added, but only if it works closely with local authorities and listens to teachers.
Greg Dempster, general secretary of primary school leaders body AHDS, said that it was “very important” for the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (Scel), which is to become part of Education Scotland, to have “space and support to deliver on expectations while also retaining its open, entrepreneurial and dynamic style”.
Jim Thewliss, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland, hopes Education Scotland will be prepared to “challenge all partners and stakeholders, including government, in the pursuit of evidence-based improvement of education”.
Jodie Waite, vice-president for education for the NUS Scotland students’ union said “it would be great” if Education Scotland helped students get more involved in colleges’ decision-making.