Scotland - Heads like idea of area boards
Scotland's headteachers have backed a radical proposal to take education out of council control and place it in the hands of a smaller number of "area boards".
According to School Leaders Scotland (SLS), having 32 local authorities is expensive and the quality of leadership variable. The Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland said a change to area boards would "simplify the educational landscape".
SLS is calling for the authorities to be scrapped in favour of around a dozen area boards. The proposal would virtually return the management of education to pre-1996 when it was in the hands of 12 regional and island authorities.
In its evidence to the parliamentary education committee's inquiry into the running of schools, SLS proposed that each area board might run between 35 and 50 secondary schools and would be funded directly by central Government.
The heads argue that this would set education free from "political fashion" and competing funding interests with other services. ES.