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What is an empowered system?
The jigsaw reflects eight key partners who work together in an empowered system to improve outcomes for children and young people. An empowered system is one that grows stronger and more confident, working in partnership to lead learning and teaching that achieves excellence and equity for all learners. Empowerment and collaboration for improvement happen at all levels in an empowered system.
PDF file: An Empowered System diagram (54 KB)
Local Authority and Regional Improvement Collaborative
This self-evaluation framework is a key element of the overarching work in evaluating the progress towards an empowered system, built on mutual trust, cooperation and highly effective communication. In an empowered system, head teachers and local authorities are partners, supporting each other and respecting the different role each plays within our developing system.
This document is provided to assist local authorities to evaluate and improve the way in which they deliver expectations of the Joint Agreement, and subsequent guidance documents, in the context of the empowerment of schools.
PDF file: Improving school empowerment through self-evaluation: a framework for local authorities (788 KB)
Empowering school leaders
The Empowering School Leaders guidance considers the contribution of school leaders in an empowered system.
The Headteachers’ Charter for School Empowerment considers the contribution of headteachers in an empowered system.
Both documents have been developed in partnership by the School Empowerment Steering Group. They are published as ‘agreed drafts’ and the Working Group would welcome feedback. Please contact Enquiries@educationscotland.gov.scot.
PDF file: Empowering School Leaders guidance (122 KB)
PDF file: A Headteachers’ Charter for School Empowerment’ guidance (209 KB)
PDF file: Joint agreement letter (221 KB)
Zip file: An Empowered System - diagram, guidance and letter (569 KB)
Creating an empowered system: an evaluation strategy
This paper gives an overview of the agreed strategy for the evaluation of the impact of school empowerment. The agreed approach at this stage is to focus on the extent to which local authorities and schools are embedding the key principles of the empowerment agenda, and to what extent we are seeing changes in the intended short and medium term outcomes related to school empowerment. The approach is based on the principles of mutual trust and cooperation which underpin the Joint Agreement. It seeks, where possible, to reduce requirements for new data sources, instead making use of data already available within the system.
PDF file: Creating an empowered system: an evaluation strategy (467 KB)