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Catching up: the educational losses from Covid-19

The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today proposes six extra hours per week of catch-up lessons for pupils over the next two years, in order to repair the damage caused by lost education during lockdown. Professor Lindsay Paterson, professor of education policy …

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Education

SCHOOLS COMMISSION CALLS FOR ONLINE ARMY OF TEACHING HELP FOR AT-HOME CHILDREN

Experts say attainment gap will widen without extra help The Commission on School Reform, the independent education group set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has proposed an urgent effort to recruit an army of online tutors to help school pupils during the Coronavirus school shutdown. In a new paper – Learning at Home – the …

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EDUCATION POLICY “BASED ON SPECULATION AND WHIM”, SAY EXPERTS

Scotland needs a major rethink in how it measures educational performance, a group of experts announces today In a new paper, the independent Commission on School Reform (CSR) argues that a lack of reliable data makes it difficult to tell whether standards in Scottish school education are rising or falling. The Scottish Government has scrapped domestic …

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Education

Challenge Paper: Reliable Data

Scotland needs a major rethink in how it measures educational performance, a group of experts announces today In a new paper, the independent Commission on School Reform (CSR) argues that a lack of reliable data makes it difficult to tell whether standards in Scottish school education are rising or falling. The Scottish Government has scrapped domestic …

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Response to Scottish Government’s consultation: Empowering Schools

The Commission on School Reform has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation, ‘Empowering Schools’. The government aspires to create a “school and teacher-led system”. The Commission wholeheartedly supports this objective. This means a system in which schools have very high levels of autonomy within a minimal national strategic framework. It requires a tier of governance …

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SCHOOLS BODY EXPRESSES CONCERN THAT REALITY OF REFORM WILL NOT MATCH RHETORIC

Commission on School Reform hails Governance Review as “major strategic development” but sees problems in residual local government role The Commission on School Reform, which is chaired by former Director of Education Keir Bloomer and was set up in 2011 by the think tanks Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, has today …

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