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Schools should aim deeper in quest for broad education

Scotland's performance in the Pisa global rankings gives us plenty to reflect upon – and the problem could be related to a 'lack of depth'

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Speaking at the University of Glasgow recently, Professor Graham Donaldson suggested that the reasons for Scotland’s disappointing performance in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings might lie in the delivery of the “broad general education” (BGE).

It isn’t because it is not broad or general enough – he suggested the problems might lie in lack of depth. Revisiting the “Es and Os” (experiences and outcomes), along with curricular areas, might help to see where the former senior chief inspector is coming from. Could it be the case that, in trying to provide a P1-S3 ...

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