Skip to main content

Closing the attainment gap is an ‘impossible’ mission

One-size-fits-all schooling is also ‘dumbing down’ ambition, Conservatives claim

Magazine article image

Scotland’s “one-size-fits-all” education system – where most schools are run by councils – has “dumbed down” the ambitions of schools and teachers, according to the shadow education secretary.

Liz Smith, the Scottish Conservatives’ education spokeswoman, also poured doubt on the Scottish government’s aim to close the attainment gap, saying the goal was impossible “because human intelligence is not like that”.

Ms Smith, who has been an MSP for 10 years and held the education brief since being elected, said: “I think you can offer much better opportunity for youngsters with [a] more diverse ...

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.

Subscribe now