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FORMER EDUCATION DIRECTOR TO GIVE SELF-GOVERNING ADVICE

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Former Borders RC education director Ian Dutton has been appointed to provide advice to school boards and others on...
Former Borders RC education director Ian Dutton has been appointed to provide advice to school boards and others on self-governing schools matters.

Mr Dutton's role will be to explain to school boards and others the facts about what self-governing schools status means in practice, assist school boards considering seeking self-governing status and provide advice and support to existing and future self-governing schools on any matters relating to the management of their schools.

Mr Dutton takes up his duties immediately.

Scottish education minister Raymond Robertson said: 'I am delighted to appoint a person of Mr Dutton's experience and calibre to this important role. As a former director of education, he will bring a deep understanding of school education and management to this appointment.

'It will of course continue to be for school boards and parents to determine for themselves whether self-governing status is appropriate for their schools. However, Mr Dutton's appointment will help to ensure that all concerned have a much better understanding of this important opportunity to extend parental participation in the education of their children.'

Mr Dutton, 55, was director of education at Borders from 1990-95 and before that was deputy director of education at Northumberland CC.

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