National Improvement Framework (NIF) Report for Highland 2021/22

The NIF report and Plan for Highland 2021/22 was discussed by Members of the Council’s Education Committee at this week’s meeting.

The NIF for Scottish education is a strategy to help children achieve their full potential as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors.

The Highland Council has prepared and published the annual plan for Highland which details the steps that the Council intends to take towards the key priorities in the NIF. These four key priorities identified in the NIF are:

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

Education Chair Cllr John Finlayson said: “Our large school estate is unique in Highland as we have over 200 schools of different sizes across both rural and urban areas. The National Improvement Framework Plan supports us to ensure that all of our schools are working towards the twin aims of delivering on excellence and equity. Delivering on excellence in terms of ensuring children and young people acquire a broad range of skills and capacities at the highest levels. Additionally, delivering on equity so that every child and young person thrives and has the best opportunity to succeed regardless of their age, stage of development or social and economic circumstances.”

The plan is available to view on the Council’s website at Appendix 1 of item 12 from the Education Committee meeting reports. 

19 Nov 2021