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Could the Scottish ratings system soon be scrapped?

‘School inspection ratings could be scrapped in Scotland’

Do our eyes deceive us, or is there some welcome news yonder for Scottish teachers? Indeed there is. Or rather, there potentially is …

Education secretary and deputy first minister John Swinney has confirmed that Gayle Gorman, the chief executive of Education Scotland, is looking into scrapping the ratings system in Scottish school inspections.

Currently – as both primary and secondary teachers will be all too aware – a school’s performance can fall into six categories: unsatisfactory, weak, satisfactory, good, very good or excellent.

But during a school leaders’ conference in Edinburgh, a ...

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