GTC split on specialism

14th March 2003 at 00:00
MEMBERS of the General Teaching Council for Scotland have reacted cautiously to their vice-convener's call for a 10-14 specialist teaching qualification and pressed for further research.

A starter paper by Professor Douglas Weir of Strathclyde University at last week's GTC meeting in Edinburgh fired members into a flurry of responses, ranging from outright hostile to sympathetic.

James Forbes, Buckhaven High, said the problems were not in the first two years but years three and four where pupils reacted against the burdens of assessment. Bill Guthrie, Perth High, said teachers were not to blame if they could deliver successfully in S3 and S4. The curriculum was at fault.

But Judith Sischy, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, said: "In our experience, when secondary teachers are in the 10-14 age range they know their specialism, but their methodology is all wrong."

There was a great opportunity for a review.

Bruce Robertson, Highland's education director, forecast that the post-McCrone agreement and cuts in teaching hours could allow more specialists to work in both sectors.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now