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Hasty consultation risks being perceived as a ‘con’

The government set out to ask stakeholders how Scottish education should be run, but many are lamenting the lack of clarity on its proposals, finds Emma Seith

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It is no coincidence that the word consultation begins with “con”, says academic Walter Humes. Today, the government’s consultation on the way Scottish education should be run in the future ends – and the general consensus across the education world is that it has been too short and rather badly executed.

According to Professor Humes, the governance review – like many official documents – suffers from a “poor quality of writing”, the “clumsy repetitions of words and phrases”, and fails to make a coherent case for change.

The questions it poses, meanwhile, “limit rather than open up discussion ...

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