John Swinney

We will free our teachers to teach and change lives

Reforms will empower headteachers to close the poverty-related attainment gap

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Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of this government. This commitment is the driving force behind our education reforms. We are delivering improvement to ensure our young people have the opportunity to succeed.

There are already many strengths in Scottish education. More of our young people are getting excellent exam results and going on to a job, training or continuing their studies. We have a strong curriculum that has the needs of children and young people at its centre.

And, crucially, we have fantastic teachers who are ...

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