Reform Scotland

Alison Payne

New call for innovative investment tool to super-charge Covid recovery

NEW CALL FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT TOOL TO SUPER-CHARGE COVID RECOVERY Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, and The Growth Partnership, have today published a new paper – Investing for Good: Why Social Impact Investing is right for Scotland – which lays out the case for Social Impact Investment to super-charge Scotland’s recovery from Covid. Social Impact …

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Investing for Good: Why Social Impact Investing is right for Scotland

NEW CALL FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT TOOL TO SUPER-CHARGE COVID RECOVERY Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, and The Growth Partnership, have today published a new paper – Investing for Good: Why Social Impact Investing is right for Scotland – which lays out the case for Social Impact Investment to super-charge Scotland’s recovery from Covid. Social Impact …

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Observations on the OECD Report

SCHOOL CURRICULUM LACKS KNOWLEDGE, SAY EXPERTS The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today calls for the acquisition of knowledge to take its place alongside the acquisition of skills in Scotland’s school curriculum. The Commission, which is composed of teachers and other education …

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Wider Achievement Opportunities in School – David McClure

In the current debate relating to the rigour of exams and their place in assessment, it is universally recognised that pupil achievement comes from a wider range of activities than simply SQA accreditation for academic (and practical based) study.  For within the school curriculum there is scope for pupils to achieve accreditation from a wider …

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Partial, Sycophantic, and Superficial: The OECD Review Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, 2021

Lindsay Paterson says recent report is “shallow, badly written and has no systematic statistical evidence base” Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, has today published a paper written by Edinburgh University Professor Lindsay Paterson in which he states that the recent OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence: did not deliberately seek out evidence that …

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Critique of the OECD report into Scotland’s school curriculum – Lindsay Paterson

The report on Scotland’s school curriculum by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is likely to shape Scottish education policy for several years. Much delayed because of Covid, its eventual publication in June was acclaimed by almost all commentators. The Scottish government were satisfied with the OECD’s praise of ‘Curriculum for Excellence’, the …

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A curious policy option – Robert Tennent & Keir Bloomer

The recent report by the OECD on Scottish education commented on the amount of their working week that teachers can be expected to be in contact with classes.  “Scotland is among the only OECD education systems…. in which teachers spend at least 50% of their statutory working time teaching.”  Unsurprisingly, the EIS has seized on …

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