Time to ‘reset’ curriculum for excellence, say Scots Tories

The Scotsman reports that in a paper published today the party makes key recommendations to improve its delivery, following growing criticism of the Scottish Government’s education plans.

A poll of teachers by Ipsos Mori at the start of the year found schools are facing a rise in disruption because pupils are switching off from the new curriculum, and see the National 4 qualification as not worth their while.

Another survey found staff at Education Scotland – the government agency charged with improving the roll out of CfE – do not believe the organisation has been capable of delivering reforms successfully. The paper follows extensive consultation with teachers, education experts and parents.

In her conclusion, Liz Smith, MSP, Scottish Conservatives shadow education secretary, said: “There was general agreement that the principles which underpin CfE – and which were agreed unanimously by Scotland’s political parties – are sound.”

The recommendations are – improving clarity, accountability and measurement; addressing the teacher shortage; slashing excessive paperwork; reforming Scotland’s education agencies and extending head teachers’ autonomy to drive up standards in the community.

Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said: “The EIS would agree that the founding principles of CfE remain sound and would acknowledge there has been a deficit of support from Education Scotland.”

“The main challenges faced by CfE have been caused by inadequate support, in terms of both staffing and resources. The most important steps that could be taken to ensure the success of CfE are the ending of austerity and increased investment in our schools, teachers and pupils.”

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