Learning and Teaching Scotland is to support some 140 individual and group visits by teachers overseas as a professional development exercise. These are intended to reinforce key themes of the moment such as assessment and curriculum approaches, leadership and parental involvement.
Hugh Henry, the Education Minister, commented: "Scot-tish pupils have much to gain through an international education, en-abling them to have a knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland's place in it. By streamlining arrangements and reducing bureaucracy, we hope to raise the number and improve the value of these study visits."
The activities undertaken during these visits are also intended to fit in with the Scottish Executive's plans to benchmark the performance of Scottish schools against standards in other countries. There will, therefore, be a focus on areas where improvements are needed.