Subject barriers 'will be thing of the past';News;News amp; Opinion;Headteachers' Association of Scotland Conference

26th November 1999 at 00:00
David Henderson reports from the HAS's annual conference in Crieff

PRINCIPAL teachers are the biggest block to curriculum reform in secondary schools, Bob McKay, director of education in Perth and Kinross, said.

Calling for a new vision without subject barriers, Mr McKay said: "The reason we have Standard grade, chaos in S1-S2, Higher Still in its present form, and why secondaries don't deliver on 5-14, is because of principal teacher subjects."

Nobody in their right minds would want pupils to face 17 teachers every week. "Even variety has its limit," Mr McKay stated.

He continued: "The days when there are weans in a room with a teacher of a specific subject will soon be a thing of the past."

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