Education Scotland, the Scottish Government's national development and improvement agency for education, was launched on 1 July.

Led by transitional Chief Executive Dr Bill Maxwell, the agency brings together the functions of Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), the National CPD Team and the Scottish Government's Positive Behaviour Team. 

Education Scotland will support development and improvement in Scottish education by:

  • leading and supporting the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
  • promoting high quality professional teaching and leadership
  • identifying and stimulating innovation and sharing successful approaches
  • providing independent scrutiny of education provision