Education system changes

Government is changing the education system to help students and children succeed.

We’re making sure that we have supports and resources for the students who need it most, and making changes to the system to ensure that we are able to deliver those supports effectively.

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Administrative review: what we're doing

We’re shifting resources from school administration into classrooms to support students, and giving parents and teachers a stronger voice in their schools.

Here are some of the changes government will make first:

Creation of one provincial advisory council

  • A provincial advisory council will be established that represents regional voice and diversity in decision-making.
  • Government will reinvest the savings from dissolving the elected school boards into the schools.
  • Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotians will be represented on the advisory council, ensuring their communities have a voice in policy decisions.

Enhanced School Advisory Councils (SACs)

  • A portion of the money saved will support School Advisory Councils for all schools, giving parents and guardians more say in decisions about their children’s schools. Councils will be able to decide how some of this funding is used in their schools.
  • School advisory councils will work to increase the diversity of their members so that schools can meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.

More flexibility and independence for teachers

  • Teachers and principals will choose the text books and learning materials to best support their students’ needs while following the provincial curriculum.
  • Exchange staff between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and schools, giving teachers more input on curriculum.
  • Teaching support specialists, like literacy leads and math mentors, will work more closely with students, moving from regional offices to classrooms at least 4 days a week.
  • Teachers and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union will work with Government on professional standards to support teaching excellence.

Regional offices

  • Regional board offices will remain in place, and serve the same role as they do now. The offices will continue to make local decisions like closing for snow days as they do now.