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New ‘teaching toolkit’ not made to measure

Guidelines have their place, but should be treated with caution, academics warn

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At first glance, it may look like manna from heaven for headteachers: league tables on the effectiveness and cost of myriad educational interventions – reassurance, in other words, about what actually works in Scottish classrooms.

Experts have warned, however, that a “learning and teaching toolkit” that draws on domestic and international evidence remains a long way from being a game-changer, and could even prove damaging if followed too slavishly.

When new interim chief inspector Graeme Logan last month sent out “three key messages” for schools in 2017-18, the last of these – “Close the ...

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