Governance Review of Scottish Education

The Scottish Government has been undertaking a governance review of Scottish education – the main stages of this are outlined below. Starting with an initial consultation launched in September 2016, the review has now progressed to a consultation on the proposed content of an Education Bill.

The outcomes of this review will have impact on CLD practitioners and the CLD Standards Council.

It is essential that the CLD profession engages in the process of consultation to realise the CLD values, creating an infra-structure that develops and supports quality, competent CLD professionals.

On going professional discussion events

The CLD Standards Council will support practitioners to consider the consultation through professional discussion events across Scotland. Views of practitioners will also be gathered at these events and through directed forums and online questionnaires to enable the Council to make a response on behalf of the sector.
Look out for events in your area or go to i-develop governance discussion area to share your views.

30 November 2017 – Perspective for CLD

The CLD Standards Council has prepared this perspective note to stimulate discussion and ideas on the implications for CLD, both in relation to the new workforce council and the other aspects of the proposals.

Download: Perspective for CLD

7 November 2017 – Consultation opened

Empowering Schools: A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill consultation opened by Scottish Government seeking views on the detailed policy proposals being taken forward by the Scottish Government in the Education Bill.
The Consultation will be open until 30 January 2018.
You can access the consultation paper and link to provide your views from the Scottish Government website –

July to October 2017

Professional Discussion events held across Scotland by the CLD Standards Council, to give CLD practitioners opportunities to discuss and share views. Online discussion forums in i-develop as well as online questionnaires also made available.
Download: Summary of Interim Feedback
Download: Progress Report

August 2017

CLD Standards Council Position Paper published in order to prompt practitioners to consider what the Next Steps could mean for their practice.
Download: CLD Standards Council Position Statement
An Expanded Position Statement also published providing further information on the development and achievements of the Standards Council, the Scottish Government’s policy for CLD, and the Standards Council’s response to the Education Governance Review.
Download: Expanded Position Statement.

June 2017

Scottish Government publish the Education Governance: Next Steps – Empowering our teachers, parents and communities to deliver excellence and equity for our children.

January 2017

CLD Standards Council responds to Scottish Government consultation after consultation with members.
Download: Submitted Response January 2017

September 2016 –

Scottish Government open initial consultation – “Empowering teachers and Communities to achieve excellence and equity – A Governance review of Scottish Education”