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National Improvement Framework Improvement Plan

What is the National Improvement Framework?

The National Improvement Framework for Scottish education is an ambitious strategy to help all children to achieve their full potential as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The Framework sets out how evidence is gathered to inform action, making sure that we are all focused on improving standards for our children, and in our schools.


The National Improvement Framework priorities are:

  • to improve attainment for all, particularly in literacy and numeracy

  • to improve the learning progress of every child, by reducing inequality in education

  • to improve children and young people's health and wellbeing

  • to improve employability skills and sustained positive school leaver destinations for all young people.


Drawn from international research, six areas for improvement have been identified.

Children and young people's learning, their opportunities when they leave school and their health and wellbeing will improve when:

  • children make progress in their learning, taking ownership of it and understanding their next steps

  • parents/carers are involved in their children's learning and know how to help them

  • high quality teaching and excellent classroom practice are delivered consistently and teachers know how to help all children make progress

  • school leadership is strong

  • children, parents, teachers, headteachers, local and national government and partners all have a clear understanding of what successful learning and teaching looks like

  • all participants in education at national, local, school and family level have the same priorities, use the same assessments at key points and share information openly.


The West Lothian National Improvement Framework Improvement Plan and Report sets out our vision, priorities and actions in order to deliver both excellence and equity for all our children and young people, whilst seeking to close the attainment gap. Please see the 'Downloads' section of this page for our current plan.