Henry Hepburn, Emma Seith & Julia Belgutay

The top 10 biggest players in Scottish education this year

It has been 12 months of upheaval for teachers, and 2018 promises yet more change – but who are the key voices who have helped to shape education in 2017?

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Tes Scotland Person of the Year: John Swinney

There is no doubt about the most important figure in Scottish education of 2017: it has become clear this year that education secretary John Swinney has a reforming zeal that could lead to seminal change.

Regional groupings of councils were pushed forward despite widespread fears that this was part of a centralising agenda that could hobble the local authorities that have traditionally run 96 per cent of schools. There was also the strange dalliance with Teach First, which suggested that Swinney was open-minded to schemes that chuck teachers into ...

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