OECD called in to evaluate Scottish school reforms

Scottish ministers have called in an independent international body to evaluate the government’s controversial reforms for what is taught in schools in Scotland. This is from Herald Scotland

The move comes amid concern about a lack of impartial evidence of the way the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) – which aims to make subjects more relevant, free up teachers’ time and to develop more relevant skills among pupils – has been working since its recent introduction.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which is designed to help improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, is to take on the role.

The only independent academic study into the reforms, by Stirling University, found significant variation across schools and identified teacher concerns about growing workload, a lack of time for preparation and “vague” national guidelines.

But OECD officials will look at what has been achieved under the CfE and what challenges remain, with a report due in 2015.

The curriculum has been introduced into nurseries, primary schools and secondaries over the last few years with varying degrees of success.

Michael Russell, the Education Secretary, will use his address at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow today to announce the evaluation…

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See also: Additional funding to support new qualifications introduction

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