Celebratory event marks first year of Every Dundee Learner Matters

The University of Glasgow’s Robert Owen Centre for Educational change researchers joined Dundee City Council on Wednesday 1 June for an event celebrating the first year of the Every Dundee Learner Matters strategy.

Every Dundee Learner Matters (EDLM) is led by schools for schools, with the support of the local authority and researchers from the University of Glasgow’s Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC).

EDLM aims to improve the quality of education for all children and young people in the city, irrespective of where they come from and then enhance educational equity across the city.

The strategy recognises that there is already considerable expertise within the schools, their communities and the local authority. Key to the success of this strategy is the movement of this knowledge and expertise around the system.

The first year of EDLM has taken place during a period of unprecedented challenges, as schools and nurseries have had to deal with the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ROC team has brought their knowledge of collaborative educational improvement approaches to the Dundee system and has worked in collaboration with Dundee City Council to establish the EDLM approach.

The team has been impressed by the commitment of Dundee’s educational practitioners and their ability to adapt in the face of numerous challenges, and that the activities undertaken have proved to be a powerful form of professional learning. In addition, Dundee City Council’s education officers, pedagogy team and educational psychologists have provided much in the way of collaborative support for their colleagues.

Professor Mel Ainscow, from the University of Glasgow, said: “Every Dundee Learner Matters is a ground-breaking effort to promote equity across an entire education system. I think that it has the potential to inform thinking nationally and, indeed, internationally.”

Paul Fleming, Dundee City Council’s Interim Head of Service for Education, Learning and Inclusion, added: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Glasgow’s Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) as we continue to develop our collaborative improvement strategy aimed at improving outcomes for every learner in Dundee.”

First published: 2 June 2022

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