Bright future for education

Originally published in The Herald, 13/10/2009

The Scottish Government has confirmed and clarified the role of the quango Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) in supporting Scottish education.

The work of LTS has been under review as part of a public service reform process.  The government has now set out a core remit of LTS that includes a key role in Curriculum for Excellence and the implementation of the Glow digital schools network in all 32 local authorities.

LTS will be expected to keep the new 3-18 curriculum under review and provide advice, support and resources.  It will also be expected to advise ministers on assessment.

As well as ensuring the expansion of the Glow network, LTS is charged with advising ministers about the use of information technology in schools.

Schools minister Keith Brown said: "There is a need for a national body that provides schools with guidance, support and advice on matters related to learning and teaching, the curriculum, assessment and ICT.  A restructured LTS with a more focused remit is well positioned to undertake this role."

John Mulgrew, chair of LTS, welcomed the review.  He said: "I am delighted the outcome acknowledges that LTS plays a challenging, high-profile and influential role within Scottish education."

David Cameron, president of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, said: "Everyone involved in Scottish education faces considerable challenges if we are to see the best practice in our schools become common practice. We look forward to a revitalised Learning and Teaching Scotland playing a key role in that."