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Education and Children's Services
As an integrated service, Education and Children's Services provides a wide range of services including, schools, nurseries, cultural services, sport and leisure and community learning and development. We believe that learning should be a lifelong experience and is at the heart of the services we offer.
Our four main objectives are:
- To improve learning
- To ensure an inclusive culture
- To support the development of sustainable Communities
- To encourage a culture of continuous improvement that ensures that our service is high quality, efficient and responsive to people's needs
Children's Social Work Services
There is approximately 350 members of staff working for Children’s Social Work Services based in 23 locations across Aberdeenshire. The service is managed by five managers. Three of them are responsible for delivering comprehensive community support in particular geographical areas, while the other two managers provide resources such as foster care and residential care throughout Aberdeenshire.
Our Family Resource Centres are locality based services where our traditional office type activities sit alongside direct service provision such as assessment to skills development or recovery programmes.
Children’s Social Work Services work in partnership with parents and children and are committed to improvement based on their feedback. A similar ethos underpins our Regulated Services which consistently receive high grades from the Care Inspectorate.
Education in School
Aberdeenshire Council provides education to children in 86 nurseries (and 79 private and voluntary partner provider pre-school centres), 150 primary schools, 17 secondary schools, and four special schools.
Altogether, the service has a teaching staff of around 2850 full-time equivalent (FTE), providing education to some 38,500 pupils. A Curriculum for Excellence is fully embedded in our primary schools and the roll out in secondary schools continues.
Education Governance Review
In September 2016 the Scottish Government ran the education governance review. The exercise gathered views from parents, teachers and communities on how education in Scotland is delivered and who should take decisions relating to the education of children and young people. View the Education and Children's Services Committee responses to the governance review (pdf 275kb).
Community, Learning and Development
The council's Community Learning and Development Service provides support for the personal development of young people and adults and for community development. Across Aberdeenshire some 4500 adults and a similar number of young people participate in activities provided either directly or in partnership with our team, while over 200 community groups receive advice and support from staff.
Aberdeenshire Council currently provides cultural and learning opportunities through 36 fixed site Libraries across school and community settings, four mobile libraries, three Museums, the North East Folklore Archive, and the Arc Recording Studio.
In addition to staff operating in community based facilities, strategic teams in the fields of Arts Development, Public Art, Arts Education and Media, work across Aberdeenshire to provide cultural services to residents in both school and community settings.
Sport and Leisure
The council through the Sport and Leisure Service provides 13 Community Swimming Pools (most of which have additional leisure facilities), 4 Sports Centres, 1 outdoor pool, 2 ski centres and in excess of 100 community facilities and sports pavilions. In addition the service offers a leisure facility membership scheme 'Active Aberdeenshire' and also provides a Sports Development service which includes the Active Schools team – promoting work between community sports clubs and schools.