Published 02 December 2021

Headteachers from West Dunbartonshire’s 32 primary schools have taken part in a series of professional learning sessions to share good practice with a goal to improve attainment in literacy.

During sessions, teachers reviewed leadership and the management of how education is delivered within their schools.  The sessions also offered the opportunity to develop a shared quality standard that will be used across all primary schools and monitored by Education Officers between January and March next year.

Education Officers have met with all headteachers to review school progress and achievement and to identify areas for collaboration and improvement. West Dunbartonshire’s Attainment Advisor from Education Scotland has been visiting schools to discuss progress

with outcomes for equity and three experienced headteachers have been seconded to work alongside Education Officers to support improvements within schools.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: "We are committed to raising literacy attainment across all our schools and sharing good practice is an ideal way to achieve this.  We must make sure every pupil has the opportunity to reach their potential and we are committed to ensure every effort is made to support pupils and empower headteachers to invest their time on initiatives that are right for the children in their schools. We are happy to work with the advisor from Education Scotland and we look forward to their feedback.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “We have made good progress on narrowing the attainment gap and as a Council we remain committed to working with pupils and families to get the best from every pupil. Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do and our head teachers and their staff are committed to the education and attainment of every pupil in their care.” 

All schools will be visited between January and March 2022 to review individual school progress and share achievements.