Councillors asked to take note of education plans

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Controvertial plans which could see village schools in Argyll and Bute lose their head teachers may not be debated by councillors at a key committee meeting this week.

The consultation process on the council’s education change programme is listed only for noting when the authority’s community services committee meets virtually.

Items for noting are not generally subject to discussion during council meetings as no decisions are required to be made.

The consultation process, which started in November, has also been extended by a month to Friday March 4. A presentation of findings is then scheduled for the autumn of 2022.

The Educational Institute of Scotland has launched a petition amid its concerns that the plans could see the number of head teacher posts in Argyll and Bute reduced from 84 to 14.

The proposals were put on hold at the community services committee’s meeting on Thursday June 10 to allow more views to be sought.

Committee members had previously been recommended to agree and note the contents of a report which outlined the proposed changes.

A report for the December meeting, by executive director Douglas Hendry, said: ‘A range of formats will be used for the engagement to facilitate as open and meaningful a process as possible.

‘The proposals will be supplied in presentation format and video format, providing a full explanation to community groups of how the model will work and the rationale for why it has been proposed and this will be assisted by a self-led toolkit.’

Engagement with trade unions and professional associations will also be ongoing throughout the project.