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The heat is on – but little light is being shed

Ill-informed opposition and media cuts make it harder to challenge the government over education policy

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That Scottish education faces significant and systemic challenges is, by now, an uncontroversial proposition. Literacy rates seem to be declining, schools across the country are unable to fill teaching posts and the Curriculum for Excellence elephant still stands stubbornly in the middle of the room.

Underlying many of these issues, however, is the perception that progress is being blocked by the increasing politicisation of our education system. It is an accusation often levelled at both politicians and the press but, as ever, some nuance is required.

The Scottish government spends around £4 ...

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