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Gone with the tiers

THE devolutionary settlement has changed for ever the relationship between local and national government, Willis Pickard, editor of The TES Scotland, told the conference.

Ministers, officials and the Inspectorate faced more legislative scrutiny MSPs were becoming more involved in educational matters and the media had a relentless appetite for news.

The result, "not surprisingly", was that ministers sought to control the agenda and to set a clearer central policy direction.

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