I suppose I should be losing sleep over the recently launched Headteachers Association of Scotland (HAS) Manifesto. In their manifesto – which I have yet to read – the association (of which I am still a member) – called for the current 32 education authorities to be scrapped and replaced with 8 education boards.
HAS claims that too much money is wasted on salaries and paperwork in the current structure and that it would be better spent in schools. As I have been extensively exploring on this issue on this blog this is not something which comes as surprise. However, I think the drive to move this way will be to reduce costs – not to redistribute money to schools. The pressure on public service budgets over the next few years will mean that any savings made in transforming public services will be just that – savings.
I’ve been reading recently about Scottish Water which has moved sequentially from local authority control; to area groups; to a single national unit. The organisation is well respected and has significantly reduced its overheads. The down side – if people are interested – is that there is very little space for local variation in the service.
I think Headteachers have to recognise that going down this road to which they are obviously committed will result in much greater uniformity of provision.