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22 September 2017, 05:36
A body set up to advise ministers on improving education has backed proposals for Scotland's school reforms.
Education Secretary John Swinney has announced teachers are to be given "more freedom" and rejected a return to "top-down diktats".
Now these principles have been supported by the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA) as a means to raise attainment.
In a joint statement, members of the ICEA said: "We can see clear and positive momentum in Scottish education, particularly in relation to the devolution of more power and resources directly to schools.
"We strongly support the principles underpinning these changes as it is important they are designed to improve education, rather than being structural change for its own sake.
"The Scottish Government now needs to continue to build on what is going well and recognise and address challenges. We have made a number of initial suggestions to improve learning and teaching, increase and deepen collaboration, and build leadership at all levels in the education system.
"We will now prepare a more complete report for ministers setting out actions to deliver our shared ambition for Scottish education."
The council was created in 2016 to advise ministers on how best to achieve excellence and equity in the education system.