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Give us real change or stop wasting our time

If we truly want to transform our education system then we need to change the rigid structures and support teachers to become research-savvy

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There are some striking moments in Lucy Crehan’s Cleverlands: the secrets behind the success of the world’s education superpowers. The author spent time in five of the world’s most successful school systems – in terms of Programme for International Student Assessment results – looking for patterns and clues. It is a fascinating read and, regardless of your opinions of Pisa, it should appeal to those with an interest in curricular change. What strikes me most, however, is that amongst those systems, there are characteristics that we in Scotland hold dear.

Indeed, there are moments that raise a ...

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