Henry Hepburn

Bill Maxwell: ‘Fix first three years of secondary school’

Chief inspector says S1-3 must be brought up to scratch if pupils are to achieve later on

Schools must rapidly improve the first three years of secondary education if pupils are to fully achieve in the crucial later years, according to chief inspector Bill Maxwell.

Last week’s Education Scotland analysis of its inspections between 2012 and 2016 – in schools and other education institutions – showed that “Scottish education does not yet provide all children and young people with consistently high-quality learning experiences” (see bit.ly/ESreport).

In an interview with Tes Scotland, Dr Maxwell said the biggest issue was around the S1-3 “broad general education”, as “many schools ...

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