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Teaching needs to take its destiny in its own hands

Our profession in Scotland has a big problem – it is too compliant in just going along with diktats imposed by those who don’t really understand learning

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As I retire from my headteacher role, after 18 years as a school leader in Scotland, I have been considering the state of Scottish education, and what the future may hold for teachers, schools and the system. What follows are some observations for the system and its leaders.

I must start by recognising the thousands of fabulous educators, school leaders and system leaders within the system. They make me proud to have been a small part of such a fabulous collaborative endeavour. These are people who are committed to their values and the young people and communities they serve, and who are ...

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