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The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc Act 2000, places a statutory requirement on local authorities to endeavour to secure improvement in the quality of school education provided by schools managed by them.

Scottish Government logoLocal authorities require quality development systems in order to deliver programmes of school and service improvement.

Quality Improvement Officers and Education Support Officers are key to providing professional leadership to secure improvements in the education system through professional support and challenge. These professionals require key skills including an ability to analyse data, observe and evaluate learning and teaching, support school self-evaluation, provide leadership to tackle under-performance and disseminate good practice.

The ECS Group of Prospect is the only professional association and trade union exclusively representing professionals working in educational development and improvement roles in Scotland.’

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Troubled child Thinkstock
Controversial plans to bring in a “named person” for every child in Scotland have been delayed for a second time as the Scottish Government announced it will bring in new legislation on how and when information on youngsters should be shared.


EducationEye, Autumn 2015   info
Prospect's magazine for members in education and children's services. Autumn 2015 issue

Statement by Aspect Group of Prospect on the proposed introduction of standardised assessments in Scottish schools   info
The Aspect group of Prospect is urging the Scottish government not to use national testing to rank the performance of primary schools. Tommy Doherty and Paul Watson outline the case against it.

General election 2015, education briefing   info
Prospect briefing on education for members and politicians

Standards for Educational Development and Improvement Professionals in Scotland   info
These standards, newly updated by experts within the Aspect group of Prospect, provide the ammunition for school improvement professionals in Scotland to oversee the delivery of quality services in a fast-changing landscape, putting children first