Scotland’s independent think tank
Scotland’s independent think tank

‘Are we on the right track to improve educational attainment in Scotland’ – Conference presentation from Keir Bloomer

On 13 April 2016 The Commission on School Reform, in association with cpp Seminars Scotland , held a half day education conference and election hustings.

Keir Bloomer’s presentation is available to download below.


9.00 – 9.30 Registration and Tea/Coffee
9.30 – 9.40 Chair’s Welcome: Ross Martin, Chief Executive of SCDI
9.40 – 10.00 Introduction & Overview: Keir Bloomer, Chair of the Commission on School Reform
10.00 – 10.20 Theme 1 – Tackling Educational Disadvantage
How can we close the attainment gap between rich and poor whilst also raising overall educational standards?: Professor Chris McIlroy, University of Strathclyde
10.20 – 10.40 Questions & Discussion
10.40 – 11.00 Refreshment Break
11.00 – 11.20 Theme 2 – Improving Governance Structures
How should governance structure change in order to improve the performance of our schools?: Jim McColl OBE, Scottish Businessman & Entrepreneur
11.20 – 11.40 – Improving Governance Structures ‘Lessons to be Learned’: Prof. Sir George Berwick, CEO, Challenge Partners
11.40 – 12.00 Questions & Discussion
12.00 – 13.30 Introductory remarks by Party Spokespeople followed by a Q&A
Alex Cole-Hamilton, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Alison Dickie, Scottish National Party
Iain Gray MSP, Scottish Labour
Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens
Elizabeth Smith MSP, Scottish Conservatives

13.30 Chair’s summary – Ross Martin, CE, SCDI


Keir Bloomer’s presentation