Think tank criticises ‘disappointing’ inquiry into Scotland’s school performance
OECD review of Curriculum of Excellence refuses to accept evidence of scheme’s major failings
The Commission on School Reform (CSR), the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has expressed its concern that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is refusing to accept written submissions to its review of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
Following a series of high-profile crises, the Scottish Government has commissioned the OECD to examine the design and flexibility of Curriculum for Excellence, how pupils move through school into the senior phase, and how teachers are supported. The review was initially due to be published in February, but has now been delayed until June, after May’s Holyrood’s election.
The OECD has refused to accept the Commission’s submission to its review and has said that it will not be taking any written submissions.
The Commission has decided to publish its submission – it can be read here. It identifies a number of problems in the implementation of CfE, particularly in secondary schools, and indicates that there is insufficient focus on knowledge in the teaching of Scotland’s children.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- The refused submission can be downloaded here.
- The Commission on School Reform was set up by Reform Scotland and the Centre of Scottish Public Policy. More information, including its membership, can be seen here.
- Reform Scotland is Scotland’s independent, non-partisan think tank, with a commitment to:
- Increasing prosperity
- A positive climate for entrepreneurs and innovators
- Reform and modernisation of public services
- Widening opportunity for all
- Compassion for those who slip through the cracks
- Greater courage and appetite for risk among policy-makers.
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