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Signs at SLF of choppy waters ahead for education

Devolution to schools and assessments were key talking points at this year’s festival

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Every year, whoever is education secretary gets up at the Scottish Learning Festival and makes a big announcement.

So what was it this year? Well, the answer was…nothing.

In an unusual move, the take-home message of John Swinney’s big set-piece speech boiled down to “carry on what you’re doing – don’t mind me”.

After the controversial fallout from last year’s big reveal at SLF – the scrapping of unit assessments – this time he decided not to throw anything new at teachers because he didn’t see the need to upset Scottish education’s “consistent direction of travel”.

Calm before the storm?

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