What they say now ...

1st October 2004 at 01:00
Peter Peacock, Education Minister

"This report reaffirms what previous research has shown - that integrated community schools have plenty of potential for improving attainment and achievement but that more needs to be done.

"That is why I have already commissioned HMIE to develop clear standards for ICS. I am very clear I want much more done to ensure the good practice that does already exist is extended across all schools and quickly."

Ministers want all schools to follow the integrated community model by 2007.

Gordon Jeyes, director of children's services in Stirling "Initial funding for integrated community schools was very small and to expect that to change the whole culture of Scottish education is a bit ambitious. Authorities such as Stirling and West Dunbartonshire, which went for system change not projects, are beginning gradually to make a difference. What we need is more integrated and deeper working at local level, using multidisciplinary approaches to support family learning and engage with communities. To do all that in a bolt-on fashion is not going to work."

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