Much of the recent training to prepare staff for Higher Still courses has been "of little value", the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association has warned. The union says the one-year postponement of the programme is being "rendered null and void because essential preparations are in disarray".
David Eaglesham, the association's general secretary, has written to the Higher Still development unit to outline his concerns after members expressed serious doubts about inappropriate content, "padding" to fill slots, poor level of awareness by trainers, inflexible locations and difficulties with timing and travel. Staff say they remain concerned about assessment.
Mr Eaglesham said: "Given that Higher Still is such a critical aspect of education in Scotland, it is of grave concern both that, for many, recent training has been seen as so inadequate, and that an illusion may be created that everything is 'on time and in place' when this is not necessarily the case."