Centre Stage

Yesterday, the report by Prof. Ken Muir CBE “Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education” was published, alongside the Scottish Government’s response to the report and its recommendations. The recommendations are all either fully accepted, broadly accepted or accepted in principle.

The headlines, of course, are on what is to become of Scotland’s national agencies. In summary:

  • The Scottish Qualifications Authority is to be replaced by a new body with the same role, provisionally called “Qualifications Scotland” – which will have a governance structure which allows for more participation by pupils, teachers and other stakeholders. (I note that the URL “www.qualifications.scot” already redirects to the current SQA website)
  • There is to be a national agency for Scottish education, which will take on all of the current functions of Education Scotland (apart from the inspection functions), plus some other education bits and bobs (including the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership).
  • There will be new Inspectorate body established, with its independence guaranteed in legislation.
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