Conformity no comfort to the disadvantaged

A lockstep approach to change hasn’t closed the attainment and poverty gaps

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The consultation on the provisions of the Education Bill began in November 2017 and concludes at the end of this month – barely three months later. By contrast, in November 2003, the Curriculum Review Group was set up to identify the purposes of education following the 2002 National Debate. It published Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) – perhaps Scotland’s most significant educational reform ever – in November 2004.

A remarkable consensus had been achieved, with near unanimity on the purposes of the school curriculum. These were expressed as “four capacities” and – in spite of a poorly led and ...

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