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Education (Scotland) Act 2016

The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 8th March 2016.

The Act introduces measures to improve Scottish education including: improving the attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds; widening access to gaelic medium education; giving children a voice in matters that affect them; and extending the rights of children with additional support needs. It will also streamline the process of making a complaint to Scottish Ministers.

The Act makes amendments to the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000, the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and the Welfare Reform Act 2007.

The Act introduces the National Improvement Framework (NIF).

Children in Scotland provides support, training, and information and resources relevant to this Act. 

Information sheet

An overview of the Act is available for Children in Scotland members here

Training and events

Children in Scotland run a series of learning opportunities for educators delivering Curriculum for Excellence throughout Scotland.

Nursery to primary: easing transitions through play. Book here.

Boys will be … brilliant: breaking through the barriers to boys’ achievement. Book here.

Easy as 1,2,3: how to teach maths creatively (primary years). Book here.

Raising attainment through parental engagement. Book here.

View the full Professional Development Guide here

Influencing policy and legislation

Children in Scotland closely monitored both the Education Act as it progressed through its different stages in parliament, and the parallel development of the National Improvement Framework.  We worked with members and experts to shape our position on the content of the legislation and policy. You can read our consultation responses below.  We will continue to play a role in the implementation phase, informing and influencing guidance as it becomes available.  

Call for Evidence on the National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education (November 2015)

Children in Scotland issued a call for written evidence on the draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. We used this evidence as the basis to our response for the Scottish Government's consultation. Read the consultation response here.

Members’ Briefing on the Education and Culture Committee’s call for written submissions on the Education (Scotland) Bill 2015 (June 2015). Read the full briefing here

Testing pupils at P1 and S3 level ‘inappropriate and detrimental’ (2 February 2016)  Read the full media release here

Children in Scotland to launch major project targeting ‘unacceptable’ food poverty (15 December 2015) Read the full media release here

Children in Scotland Chief Executive: “Bid to close attainment gap welcome – but education system cannot do this alone” (18 August 2015) Read the full media release here 

Free meals for children “must be extended beyond term-time” (17 July 2015) Read the full media release here