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United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of Private Education

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Overview United Kingdom (Scotland)

Contents

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Historical Development

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Political and Economic Situation

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation and Governance

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Lifelong Learning Strategy

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of Private Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:National Qualifications Framework

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Funding in Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Higher Education Funding

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Adult Education and Training Funding

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Early Childhood Education and Care

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Primary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of Primary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Assessment in Primary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of General and Vocational Upper Secondary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Teaching and Learning in General and Vocational Upper Secondary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Assessment in General and Vocational Upper Secondary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Types of Higher Education Institutions

United-Kingdom-Scotland:First Cycle Programmes

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Bachelor

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Short-Cycle Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Second Cycle Programmes

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Distribution of Responsibilities

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Main Providers

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Main Types of Provision

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Teachers and Education Staff

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Management and Other Education Staff

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Management Staff for Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Quality Assurance

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Educational Support and Guidance

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Mobility and Internationalisation

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Mobility in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

United-Kingdom-Scotland:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

United-Kingdom-Scotland:National Reforms in School Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

United-Kingdom-Scotland:National Reforms in Higher Education

United-Kingdom-Scotland:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

United-Kingdom-Scotland:European Perspective

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Legislation

United-Kingdom-Scotland:Glossary

 

Early learning and childcare

The voluntary and private sectors play an important role in providing pre-school education. Local Authorities buy the services of institutions in these sectors to supplement their own pre-school education provision. In some areas of the country these sectors make a very significant contribution. For example, in the Western Isles, voluntary groups are the main providers. The voluntary sector also offers all-day care and education, often to the children of working parents. There are also a number of pre-school education centres attached to independent (private) schools. Some industrial and commercial firms, as well as major national and local government offices, offer day-care facilities for the children of employees.

 

School education

The law permits individuals and bodies to provide education outside the local authority system. If an establishment is offering full time education for children of school age and is not a local authority school, it should be registered as an independent school in accordance with section 98 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.  Guidance on how to register an independent school, along with a link to the Register of Independent Schools, can be found on  the Scottish Government website. This does not apply to parents who choose to educate their own children at home.

Private schools are usually called “independent schools” in Scotland. Parents pay fees for the attendance of their children at these schools.  About 4% of Scottish children and young people attend independent schools and many pupils come from abroad.

There are 102 independent schools across Scotland. Independent schools vary enormously in size, ranging from fewer than 20 pupils to over 2,000. Some offer a complete education from pre-school age to 18; others are for primary or secondary age pupils. Independent schools have some freedom in the number of days on which they open in the year. There is no legal requirement for an independent school to follow national curricular guidance, though the majority of them do. Often the curriculum is adapted to take account of a school’s particular ethos or religious orientation.

Over 75% of independent schools are members of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), in which they can come together to discuss matters of common interest and to organise training for their staff and governing bodies.Independent schools are inspected by Education Scotland in the same way as local authority schools. In carrying out such an inspection, Education Scotland takes into account the stated aims of the school.

All mainstream independent schools providing boarding have to be registered and inspected by the organisation Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS - the Care Inspectorate), in accordance with the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001.

 

Grant-aided schools

There is one mainstream grant-aided school in Scotland. It has a primary and a secondary department, is state-funded by direct grant from the Scottish Government and is non fee-paying.

There are also seven grant-aided special schools in Scotland, which receive direct grant funding from the Scottish Government along with fees paid by Education Authorities who place children with them.

 

Further, Higher and Adult Education

There is no institutional provision of private education in the post-school sector. Private providers do offer training and educational courses in various fields.

 

Legislative References

Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (Act of Parliament) : 1980, c.44.

Regulation of Care Act 2001 (Act of the Scottish Parliament) : 2001, asp8.