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Political leaders’ legacy is style over substance

A high turnover of education ministers has resulted in ill-judged decisions

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For more than a decade, “leadership” has been one of the buzzwords in Scottish education. In inspection reports, the leadership qualities of the head teacher are seen as a vital factor in school improvement. The 2011 Donaldson report on teacher education emphasised the importance of “leadership development programmes” to prepare staff for senior management posts in schools.

As a result, the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (Scel) was established in 2014. Despite this, many schools find it hard to attract good candidates for headships. Following John Swinney’s review, Scel is now to ...

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