Implementing the National Improvement (NIF)

The National Improvement Framework

The National Improvement Framework was launched by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on 6 January 2016. The Framework sets out a vision based on achieving excellence and equity for all learners, regardless of social background and circumstances. A revised National Improvement Framework and Plan is published each year In December. The publication sets out four key priorities that everyone in Scottish education is working towards:

  • improvement in attainment, particularly in literacy and numeracy
  • closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children
  • improvement in children's and young people’s health and wellbeing
  • improvement in employability skills and sustained, positive school leaver destinations for all young people.

The Framework identifies six equally important key drivers of improvement – progress across all of these is needed to deliver the improvements we want to see for all learners:

  • School leadership
  • Teacher professionalism
  • Parental engagement
  • Assessment of children’s progress
  • School improvement
  • Performance information

Implementing the Framework

The Framework is being delivered through a joint programme between Education Scotland, the Learning Directorate in Scottish Government and, in relation to specific key drivers, other national partners, such as the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

As part of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016, the reporting procedures for the Framework have been placed on a statutory footing.

Driving Excellence and Equity: Advice on School Improvement Planning 2018/19

Following the initial advice note issued in March 2016, further advice and support has been created on how partnerships can work constructively to create a meaningful improvement plan.

This resource is for schools, working with parents, carers, partners and their local communities.

Schools should engage with all local stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on parents and carers, to create a shared improvement plan. The increased emphasis on partnership approaches is intended to achieve greater impact on children’s and young people’s attainment and achievement.

To find out more go to our Driving Excellence and Equity: Advice on School Improvement Planning 2018/19 page on the National Improvement Hub.

Related links

Additional downloadable material for parents and practitioners is available from the Parentzone Scotland website and the National Improvement Hub.