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Anyone with concerns or questions about plans for a ‘collective leadership’ model in schools can now book an individual call with an Argyll and Bute Council education professional.
A consultation on the planned Empowering our Educators program is currently underway, having been extended twice until Thursday 31 March.
Representatives of the region’s teachers’ unions had previously expressed fears that the proposal would reduce the number of principals in Argyll and Bute schools from 84 to 14, but council chiefs claimed it would not result in a reduction .
Instead, they say, it would lead to changes in the responsibilities, roles and titles of school leaders.
Anyone who would like to explore the proposal further or ask questions directly can book a one-on-one or 20-minute video call with an education professional between Tuesday, February 15 and Monday, February 28.
Since it was first announced, the consultation over the plans has been criticized by some parents, teachers, counsellors, community councils and parent councils, with lobby group WISE4ALL claiming it was not a genuine consultation.
“This is a series of statements that we are being asked to agree or disagree with,” a spokesperson said.
Kintyre and the Isles Councilor Alastair Redman said he had been contacted by parents and teachers raising their objections to proposed education changes in ‘every corner’ of Kintyre and the Isles ward.
“The possible reduction in the number of headteachers will have a detrimental effect on the education of our children,” he said. “I will continue to fight these changes with my fellow advisers, if possible, or alone, if necessary.”
The teacher union Educational Institute of Scotland has now published a response to the collective leadership plan, with separate statements addressing specific points of the proposal.
It and several other documents can be viewed on the WISE4ALL website at wise4all.co.uk
For more information on the proposals or to book an individual call with an education professional, visit empoweringoureducators.co.uk
Councilor Yvonne McNeilly, education policy officer for Argyll and Bute council, said better outcomes for young people were at the heart of all the council’s work.