Our ‘gallus’ teaching staff are doing the nation proud

The huge efforts of heads and teachers in coping with reforms give us cause for optimism, writes Derek Brown

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Over the past few months I have worked to support local authorities and schools in exploring ways to improve attainment in broad general education. In the course of this work, I have met teams with duties to improve schools in all 32 local authorities, including all six regional collaborative leads. I have also led a team that provided workshops for more than 900 headteachers and teachers in 15 local authorities.

In short, I have seen first-hand how the education system in Scotland is processing change – and have emerged from the experience with considerably more optimism than I expected to.

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