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Scottish Education Council

Role of the group

The Scottish Education Council has been established to oversee work to improve education.

The council will be a forum for frank and open discussion about what is working in education and where improvement is required.

It will provide advice and guidance and oversee progress implementing improvement priorities.

The Council will meet every two months.


  • Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (Chair)
  • Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People spokesperson
  • Janet Brown, Scottish Qualifications Authority Chief Executive
  • Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, The Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Graeme Logan, interim HM Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Education Adviser
  • Ken Muir, Chief Executive, General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • Joanna Murphy, Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland
  • Morag Redford, Chair of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education
  • Fiona Robertson, Scottish Government, Director for Learning
  • Maureen McKenna, President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)
  • Jim Thewliss, General Secretary, School Leaders Scotland
  • Bernadette Malone, Chief Executive, Perth and Kinross Council
  • Sheena Devlin, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, Tayside Collaborative
  • Gayle Gorman, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, The Northern Alliance
  • Douglas Hutchison, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, South West Collaborative
  • Carrie Lindsay, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, South East Alliance
  • Robert Naylor, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, Forth Valley and West Lothian Collaborative
  • Mhairi Shaw, Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead, The West Partnership
  • Josh Traynor, young person, Glasgow, YoYP 2018 Communic18 Team
  • Cahal Menzies, young person, Broxburn, Creative Scotland National Youth Arts Advisory Group
  • Rowan Watkins, young person, Argyll and Bute, 5Rights Youth Commission
  • Olivia Stobart, young person, Edinburgh, 5Rights Youth Commission
  • Amelia Szypczynska, young person, South Queensferry, YoYP 2018 Communic18 Team