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Governance review is a chance to put pupils first

Local authorities and national government must find a way to work together if plans to deliver this small country’s big ambitions for education are to succeed

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The governance review of Scottish education signalled recently by education secretary John Swinney should not have surprised many people – the surprise is that it has taken until now to happen. But why is this review deemed necessary, less than a year after the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) gave the Scottish system a clean bill of health? And will it lead us to the sorts of improvements desired?

On the face of it, it’s remarkable how well 32 councils have managed to deliver education given their imbalance of size and make-up (a consequence of the Conservative ...

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