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Education Scotland, the Scottish Government's national development and improvement agency for education, was launched today.
Led by transitional Chief Executive Dr Bill Maxwell, the agency brings together the functions of Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), the National CPD Team and the SG's Positive Behaviour Team.
Education Scotland will support development and improvement in Scottish education by:
leading and supporting the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
promoting high quality professional teaching and leadership
identifying and stimulating innovation and sharing successful approaches
providing independent scrutiny of education provision
Education Secretary Michael Russell said:
"Education Scotland will have an important role to play in achieving our aspirations for Scottish education. I believe our education system is already delivering well for our learners and that Curriculum for Excellence is making a difference across the country.
"However, it is also clear more can be done to deliver a stronger focus on performance, raise attainment and ambition for all our children and young people and continue to roll out Curriculum for Excellence. I look forward to working with Bill and his team to further improve Scottish education and the life chances of each and every learner in Scotland."
Dr Maxwell said:
"Given the stage we have reached in the evolution of Scottish education and the challenges we must address, I am convinced that the time is right to capitalise on this new and exciting opportunity. By bringing together activities which were previously planned separately I am sure we can create a more coherent and integrated approach to delivering the functions of the predecessor organisations which will bring benefits for all Scottish learners."