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A Day in the Life of an Education Scotland National Improvement Officer, by Dr Sharon Brown



I have recently taken up post in October 2019 working as the National Improvement Officer across the South East Improvement Collaborative (SEIC). The role is an exciting blend of core national and regional improvement activities. There is a team of six full-time National Improvement Framework Officers, each assigned to a regional improvement collaborative.

The role involves engaging with a range of activities to support the continued development and improvement of the National Improvement Framework. This involves developing the use of the evidence from the National Improvement Framework drivers to support professionals and stakeholders to drive improvement for young people. Under the direction of my Senior Regional Advisor, Paul Fleming, my role involves developing relationships and effective partnerships between Education Scotland and the constituent local authorities of the SEIC. Work here is focused to ensure evidence implementation of the policy imperative is collected in a meaningful and accessible way to allow for continuous improvement within the system. This includes better use of local evidence gathered through local authorities to aid self-improvement.

Each day brings variety. I have been working on the development of better guidance to local authorities on what can be included in the National Improvement Framework data collection. Key tasks involve working with SEIC assessment co-ordinators and QAMSOs to lead a regional model for moderation that improves confidence in teacher professional judgements. Direct work is also underway with local authority teams in this regard. Other activities with the South East regional improvement team include leading data analysis activities and facilitating consultation on the logic model being developed by the regional improvement directorate.

Throughout all of this, my commitment is to keep focus on modelling effective national and regional data analysis as we work in partnership to improve outcomes for all of Scotland’s young people.