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Education directors deny choice is narrowing in S4

Fears over fewer subject options in senior phase are unfounded, ADES tells MSPs. Henry Hepburn reports

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Education directors have rejected the idea that senior secondary students’ subject options are narrowing – and claim that current approaches to organising the curriculum may actually give pupils a broader range of opportunities.

Terry Lanagan, of education directors’ body ADES, admits it may appear on the surface that options are narrowing but says closer inspection reveals this is not the case. His view is in direct contrast to widely held fears that, by offering fewer subjects at S4, most schools and local authorities are reducing the range of opportunities available to young people (see “ ...

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