World experts gather to oversee education reforms

Bank CEO is one of a 10-strong group of experts to advise on changes to Scottish education

The CEO of a UK-based bank has today been named as one of the 10-strong group of experts invited by the Scottish government to “challenge and and scrutinise” its plans for education.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the chief executive of Virgin Money, was appointed to the Scottish government’s International Council of Education Advisers because business had “a role to play” in shaping Scottish education, a Scottish government spokeswoman said.

It was vital that the government had “the widest possible pool of expertise available”, she added.

The Scottish government took the decision to appoint a council of advisers at the first meeting of the new Cabinet in May.

The other council members, also revealed for the first time today, have extensive experience advising educators and governments on education leadership, school improvement and reform. They come from as far a field as the US, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK (see below).

The group’s remit is to advise on the Scottish government’s priorities for education and ensure the actions set out in the new education delivery plan are influenced by international best practice.

John Swinney, the deputy first minister and education secretary, is also in the process of appointing a 20-strong panel of teachers who will be charged with helping to reduce teacher workload.

Both panels will meet twice a year, with the first meetings taking place next month.

Global expertise

Here is a full list of the members of the International Council of Education Advisers:

  • Jayne-Anne Gadhia, chief executive of Virgin Money
  • Dr Carol Campbell, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Chris Chapman, The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Graham Donaldson, The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Avis Glaze, adviser to the minister for education, Ontario, Canada
  • Professor Andy Hargreaves, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, USA
  • Professor Alma Harris, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Dr Pak Tee Ng, Singapore’s National Institute of Education
  • Dr Pasi Sahlberg, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, USA
  • Dr Allison Skerrett, University of Texas, USA

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