Science - Gold star for SSERC
A major programme of continuing professional development for science has had glowing feedback from teachers.
Technicians and postgraduate students also praised the work of the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre, in an independent report by Glasgow University.
Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced a pound;2.1 million grant for SSERC in March 2008, designed to help create a three-year national programme to support implementation of A Curriculum for Excellence. In the first of two reports, researchers have surveyed more than 1,000 people who have taken part in courses.
Teachers were "extremely positive", stressing the quality of presenters, content, materials and resources. Most said that SSERC had motivated them, while reinvigorating their interest in CPD, their subject, and teaching. They did stress, however, the need for courses which help with the Advanced Highers in science.
The positive views of teachers are echoed by technicians and trainee teachers, although technicians want more access to CPD.
While SSERC courses reach more than 1,500 teachers, trainee teachers and technicians annually, the biggest challenge is to meet demand throughout Scotland.