What’s the future for Scottish education?

A Commission on School Reform has been set up by the think tanks Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy to consider whether the school system in Scotland is meeting the present and future needs of young people and to make specific recommendations as to how things might be improved or areas that require further enquiry.

They’re looking for evidence to inform their thinking…

To inform the work of the Commission, you are invited to offer your views on any matters that are relevant to the remit. Evidence from individuals as well as from organisations and professional bodies is welcome. It would be helpful if respondents considered the following questions:

What do you think are the main challenges facing Scottish schools and how are these best addressed?
Is Scottish education sufficiently ambitious?
What should it do to ensure that it meets future challenges and remains internationally competitive?
What are the outcomes for children and young people that we should hold as being most important?

It would be great if we could use Pedagoo to bring together our voices and make a submission…if you have any thoughts on any of the above questions, put them here. The deadline is Friday 29 June 2012.

1 thought on “What’s the future for Scottish education?

  1. Lynne

    Firstly a major challenge is the undermining of teaching as a profession and the poor status / lack of respect society affords us for doing this crucial job.

    Next one of the main challenges facing Scottish education is the huge gap between the great forward thinking initiatives (CfE) and the cack handed manner they are implemented. It constantly amazes me that the core principles of CfE are undermined at every turn by paranoid management and a deep set desire to cling to grades and formative assessment just to fill in boxes or make pretty graphs. I am foerced to grade CfE using 5-14 by another name as that is what the authority demands. Really we should be reporting fully to parents about their children’s progress, experiences, next steps in a holistic manner – you don’t need a grade!

    Another huge problem is IT provision which can be embarrassingly bad and Glow is descending into farce.

    As for ambition I think it is present in bucketfulls but it is quashed too often (again just look at CfE) by many who are stuck in their ways and not forced to re-evaluate their practice. Often these are people in promoted positions within schools and authorities who are not brave enough to stand up to parents etc for fear of damaging their career – as one said to me today “you’ve got to play the game”.

    I think in terms of future challenges etc I would refer back to my previous points – if we are not trusted as professionals and allowed / enabled to develop and change we will be left behind.

    Young people need to be leave education as functioning, capable members of society. they need to be literate and numerate but they also need to be able to adapt to new situations and crucially to think and work independently. I think enabling independence at all levels is essential. Health and Well being ideals of respect for others, community and society are also very important.

    There is loads more but I’m going to stop or I’ll make myself miserable! But I do know there are loads of great teachers and practitioners out there!

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