National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan: 2020
Sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education and the improvements that need to be made to help deliver those priorities.
The 2020 National Improvement Framework (NIF) and Improvement Plan replaces last year’s NIF and Improvement Plan. Together with the National Improvement Framework Interactive Evidence Report, the NIF has improved the availability, quality and consistency of data, and extended understanding of what works to drive improvements for children and young people across all parts of the Scottish education system.
It sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education that have been agreed across the system, and the national improvement activity that needs to be undertaken to help deliver those key priorities. This complements the ongoing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), which are the three supporting pillars of the Scottish education system.
Scottish Ministers have a statutory duty, introduced by the Education (Scotland) Act 2016, to review the NIF and publish a plan on an annual basis. As part of the review, we provide education authorities, teachers, young people, and parents with the opportunity to express their views, and these have been taken into account in the drafting of this year’s NIF and Improvement Plan. Following the review process in autumn 2019, there was a clear consensus that the NIF priorities and drivers of improvement remained relevant, and that significant change would not be appropriate. Indeed the International Council of Education Advisers, at its meeting in September 2019, said that it was important to have a period of consolidation and stability to ensure the improvement work that is being undertaken across the Scottish education system has time to become fully embedded.
One issue which was raised during the review, was the need to strengthen the voice of young people in Scottish education and to increase their participation in decisions which affect their lives. There was also continued support for maintaining the increased focus in the NIF on early learning and childcare and health and wellbeing, as these were particularly important for delivering the skills required for learning, life, and work that form part of the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.
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