Statement on OECD report on Scottish education

Commenting on the publication of the OECD report on Scottish education and Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and the decision to scrap the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Dougie Atkinson, Senior Professional Officer (Scotland) at Voice Community, said:

“The report from OECD makes interesting reading. Curriculum for Excellence has had its fair share of critics since it was introduced a decade ago, but Voice has always considered that the core principle of empowering teachers to use their professional judgement to educate children in the most effective way was a key strength of the initiative.

“It is therefore disappointing to read that some of that philosophy is being lost as pupils approach the senior phase of their school education, when academic qualifications continue to dominate learning and teaching.

“However, we welcome the Scottish Government’s acceptance of the recommendations in the report, including the need to better align the work of the bodies supporting the education system – the SQA and Education Scotland.”

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