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Council agrees innovative future direction for education service

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December 2015

Pioneering future management arrangements for school education were agreed by Clackmannanshire Council today.

At its meeting on 22 October, Council agreed to give notice to Stirling Council of the ending of the current arrangements for education and social services in light of Stirling's decision to withdraw from shared services.

A report before councillors today contained a number of ground-breaking recommendations for future management arrangements, taking into account an externally commissioned paper which sets out different potential models for the Council going forward.

The two key recommendations agreed by councillors today are for the Council to adopt an innovative new cluster-based approach to education management and also to recruit a Chief Education Officer to take that forward and to make the preparations for service provision once shared services end.

Council Leader Les Sharp said: "The Council has acted swiftly in response to what has happened with shared services and has used it as an opportunity to move forward very positively to put in place something which enhances what we do and leads to better outcomes.

"I am delighted this Council has reacted so positively to this situation and has used it as an opportunity to make changes that will focus our energies on improving educational outcomes for all our young people."

The meeting also agreed to establish an Attainment & Improvement Sub-Committee of the Education, Sport & Leisure Committee. The new committee will monitor the implementation of the Attainment Challenge programme in Clackmannanshire.

Proposals for new management arrangements for social services will come forward to Council at a future meeting.