Glasgow City Region already has an established history of successful collaboration in education through the West Partnership, with early work including cross border funding and expansion of childcare hours. Recent policy developments present an opportunity for the eight Glasgow City Region member authorities to build on and develop existing collaboration.
A series of governance arrangements were approved in August 2017 by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, made up of the Leaders of the eight member authorities, and include:
- The setting up of a Glasgow City Region Education Committee as a sub-committee of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, made up of the Education Conveners from each of the local education authorities. The Committee will set priorities for the year ahead, approve improvement/action plans and receive reports on the progress.
- Each of the council Chief Education Officers, or other as appropriate will attend meetings. Associated actions and improvement plans for each local education authority will continue to be overseen through existing governance arrangements, maintaining local government accountability for the delivery of education services to each council area.
- The Glasgow City Region Education Improvement Collaborative is made up of the Directors / Heads of Service with responsibility for education from each partner council and a representative from Education Scotland. The group will agree priority areas for collaboration, commissioning work streams and receive reports from work stream leads.
A Regional Lead Officer (RLO), appointed by the Chief Executives’ Group, will chair the Collaborative and also link with the Chief Executive of Education Scotland. The Collaborative will report to the Glasgow City Region Education Committee. The RLO and the Chair of the Glasgow City Region Education Committee will regularly update the City Region Cabinet. Each Director/Head of Service will continue to report to each Council’s Education Committee or equivalent and Chief Executive, as appropriate to current local governance arrangements. Find our more here.