Education report card

ANGUS Council’s education department has unveiled its first annual ‘report card’.

In preparing the Standards and Quality Report for 2011, the department’s sources include teachers, parents and pupils; efficiency reviews and an audit of pupil progress.

Among achievements and key strengths are improvements in pupil attainment, the continuing increases in positive destinations for Angus school leavers, a significant reduction in exclusions, and the delivery of high quality adult learning programmes.

Among key areas where the service seeks to make further improvements are the need to address under-performance in relation to specific attainment indicators, the development of greater consistency in the use of standardised tests in primary and secondary schools, and to engage staff more in decision-making.

Education convener Peter Nield said: “The service’s overall excellent progress in implementing the new curriculum reflects the creative and diligent work being carried out by staff to improve outcomes for learners.

“All staff recognise the importance of continually reviewing and evaluating the quality of what we do, to deliver the best possible outcomes for Angus communities and citizens. That commitment to regular and focused review is important at a time of unprecedented financial challenge.”

The findings of the report will form the starting point for a self-evaluation of Angus education functions, being undertaken jointly by Education Scotland and Angus Council.

To reduce the costs and the burdens associated with these inspections, the responsibility for identifying improvements now lies with the organisations that provide them, working in partnership with national agencies

“We are proud of our achievements, and assure residents that we will work closely with Education Scotland colleagues to undertake rigorous self-evaluation, to build on achievements and ensure that the highest quality of education continues to be delivered,” concluded Councillor Nield.