Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for Scottish schools: funding, governance and priorities for the workforce

Morning, Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Central Edinburgh


This conference follows completion of the Scottish Government’s governance consultation in January 2017, consultation on proposals for a funding formula which is expected to begin shortly and allocation of the £120 million Pupil Equity Funding scheme to schools.

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

Russell Gunson

Director, IPPR Scotland

Keir Bloomer

Independent Education Consultant

Gillian Hamilton

Chief Executive, Scottish College for Educational Leadership

Ken Muir

Chief Executive and Registrar, General Teaching Council for Scotland

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

Jean Carwood-Edwards

Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland