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We were on the cusp of something great in leadership

The Scottish College for Educational Leadership was a source of innovation – its recent amalgamation with Education Scotland represents a missed opportunity, writes George Gilchrist

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The final chapter in the story of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) was completed late in 2018, with the formal dissolution of its board of directors. I, and many others, have been concerned about the demise of SCEL following education secretary John Swinney’s surprise announcement in 2017 that it was to lose its independence, in order to become another part of Education Scotland.

This part of Mr Swinney’s review and proposed legislative changes for Scottish education was perhaps the most unexpected. The Education Bill, of course, has not progressed through Parliament as ...

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