About us

The South East Improvement Collaborative is the term being used to describe the collaboration between City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian and Scottish Borders to improve schools, early learning settings and other services for children and young people.

Geographically, the South East of Scotland is a large and diverse area. Overall, the geography of the South East Region broadly resembles that of Scotland as a whole, with similar proportions living in rural areas, small towns and urban areas.

Achieving our vision

As a South East Improvement Collaborative we see our work taking account of how we improve outcomes and close the attainment gap by looking at how we can add value and have impact at 5 levels.

The South East Improvement Collaborative Plan is built on the National Improvement Framework set firmly in the context of GIRFEC.

The South East Improvement Collaborative is a new grouping and is committed to getting to know each other’s contexts through a thorough analysis of our data and through building trusting and respectful relationships as we develop our vision and focus going forward.

This South East Improvement Collaborative Plan outlines how we have started to develop our shared vision and agreed activities in phase one. The plan also provides an overview of work to be undertaken in phase two – during which further analysis will be undertaken to inform a review of the Collaborative’s Improvement Plan, with more specific actions and SMART measures to track the Collaborative’s progress in improving outcomes.

Our plan has a focus on the key areas that we have identified from our initial analysis of Children’s Services Plans, local authority education plans, school plans, a data set built on the National Improvement Framework outcomes and what our staff are telling us.

The two areas of our focus are described as:

  • Improving attainment and achievement, including closing the attainment gap;
  • Quality Improvement in schools and early years’ settings.

Both are set within the context of GIRFEC.


SEIC recommended reading list (prepared by Moray House, University of Edinburgh):

  • Collaborative Professionalism – Hargreaves and O’Connor
  • Leading Collaborative Learning – Lynn Sharatt & Beatie Planche
  • Collaborative School Leadership – Philip Wood & Amanda Roberts
  • Disciplined Collaborative, Professional Learning with impact – Alma Harris

We will continue to add to the recommended reading list.