‘Collective leadership’ consultation deadline extended

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Proposed changes to education will not reduce the number of head teachers in Argyll and Bute’s schools, council chiefs have claimed.

But the planned ‘Empowering our Educators’ programme would see changes to the responsibilities, roles and titles of school leaders, a report has revealed.

In a document answering frequently asked questions on the proposals, the council has said that head teachers would become ‘heads of school’ under the planned changes.

A consultation on the plans is currently taking place, running until Friday, March 4, a month later than originally planned.

Teaching union representatives in the area have expressed fears that it could reduce the number of head teachers from 84 to 14.

The ‘collective leadership’ plans were discussed at a meeting of West Kintyre Community Council on Monday.

Community councillors will now canvas people in the area to ascertain a better understanding of the community’s feelings before submitting the group’s official response to the consultation.

They are encouraging residents from Whitehouse to Kilchenzie to contact any of their community councillors to share their views.

Once the consultation period has finished, feedback will be reviewed and Argyll and Bute councillors will be asked to make a decision in the autumn.