Schools Cluster Working Review (CWR)

What is the Cluster Working Review (CWR)?

In response to a number of strategic considerations facing Education Services over a period of years, Dumfries and Galloway Council have decided to look at the following strands of our provision to young people and families:

  • Transition Activity P7-S1
  • Dual zoning and catchment delineation
  • Sustaining small schools

The strategic considerations that led to this Review were that:

  1. 40% of Headteachers (HT) are eligible to retire in primary schools across Dumfries and Galloway in the next 4 years
  2. there are increased expectations of staff as a result of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)
  3. there has been an inability to recruit to teaching HT posts resulting in chronic instability for some schools
  4. over all our schools there are falling rolls (5%) over the next 4 years
  5. Headteachers have raised concerns over their workload when teaching and managing
  6. Staff have concern over progression in learning from P7 to S1 impacting on success in secondary school
  7. there is an inconsistency in learning and teaching in schools where the HT teaches and manages
  8. Many young people are in peer groups of 5 or less

To find out more about this process, which will have an impact on Brydekirk Primary, and to share your views please click here.

Author: Mr Archibald

P4-7 Primary Teacher, Brydekirk Primary

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