Council thanks East Neuk community and delays decisions on leadership changes

Fife Council is taking more time to listen to the views of local communities in the East Neuk following concerns raised over proposals to change leadership arrangements in primary schools.

Convener of the council's Education and Children's Services sub-committee Cllr Craig Walker explained: "Parents and school communities have been making their views on these proposals heard over the last three weeks and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to get involved.

"These leadership changes are aimed at improving education for all our children and young people. That has always been, and continues to be, our main priority.

"The opportunity to discuss the educational benefits and challenges of the recommended leadership models has been really helpful to us in understanding local views and perceptions. However it's now clear we need more time to fully understand local concerns and make sure the proposals reflect the discussions we're having with Parent Councils and the wider community."

The council will continue to gather views on the proposals and bring back a range of leadership models for discussion at a future council meeting following the local elections in May.

Added Cllr Walker: "We will then consult again in the next academic session (22/23) on a leadership model for the Waid cluster of schools. Current leadership arrangements across the schools in the Waid Cluster will remain as they are for August 2022.

"As has always been the case, the outcome of the consultation was not predetermined, it was open and transparent as will any future discussions on this matter. I hope this reassures parents and school communities that our focus through all of this has, and will continue to be, supporting our school leaders and their teams to provide the best learning and teaching for all children and young people."