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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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National 4s & 5s: The accidental attainment gap

Reform Scotland says sharp reduction in National 4s and 5s available in many schools is narrowing educational opportunity for children New research released today by Reform Scotland, the independent think tank, exposes a disturbing decline in the number of National 4s and 5s school pupils are being allowed to sit. Our investigation, National 4s and 5s: …

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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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Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft head teacher and training standards regulations

In December 2016 the Scottish Government published a consultation on  the scope of the regulations making the holding of the Standard for Headship mandatory for all new Head Teachers.  The consultation closes on 20 March 2017. The Commission on School Reform has responded to the consultation. The Commission sees the key issues for Scottish education that lie …

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Early Years Lottery

Reform Scotland, the independent think tank, has called for an end to institutionalised age discrimination on pre-school education entitlement in its response to a Scottish Government consultation. Whilst commending the government’s commitment to early years education expansion, the think tank highlights continuing birthday discrimination which means some children are entitled to almost a year’s less …

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BLOOMER: TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE RATHER THAN INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IS REQUIRED

The Commission on School Reform, chaired by former Director of Education Keir Bloomer, has published its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation Empowering Teachers, Parents and Communities. The full response can be read here using the link below. In addition to its answers to each of the 17 questions, the response made five key observations: The …

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After school activities: Another opportunity gap

Research reveals opportunity gap with some councils charging for ‘free’ programme Reform Scotland, the independent, non-party think tank, has called for the Active Schools programme of extra-curricular activities to be free-of-charge for disadvantaged children. Extra-curricular activities are fundamental in helping build confidence and resilience, but pupils from poorer backgrounds can often miss out. Active Schools …

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