Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for Scottish schools: funding, governance and policy priorities

Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Central Edinburgh


Following completion of the education governance review consultation in January 2017, and consultation on proposals for a funding formula which is expected to begin shortly, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss future changes to governance structures within Scottish education.

Delegates will consider how the education community can contribute to, and prepare for, future plans to transfer powers from local authorities to schools - including decision-making and educational funding - as well as next steps for the expansion of school clusters and the intention to form new educational regions.

The seminar will bring together Members of the Scottish Parliament and senior officials from The Scottish Government, regulators and other agencies with representatives from education, early years, childcare, local government, academia, trade unions, parent and campaigning groups, and other interested and affected parties, together with reporters from the national and trade press based in Scotland and elsewhere.

Guest of Honour

Larry Flanagan

General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland

Guest of Honour

Larry Flanagan

General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland


Tavish Scott MSP

Spokesperson for Education and Sport, Scottish Liberal Democrats

James Dornan MSP

Convener, Education and Skills Committee


Steve Ross

Headteacher, Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh

Eileen Prior

Executive Director, Scottish Parent Teacher Council

Gillian Hamilton

Chief Executive, Scottish College for Educational Leadership

John Fyffe

Senior Depute Chief Executive, Perth & Kinross Council

Linda Brownlow

Deputy Head, School of Education and PGDE Professional Specialisation Module Leader, University of Strathclyde

Professor Christopher Chapman

Co-Director, Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow

Jean Carwood-Edwards

Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland