Wilson sets out targetsto lift school standards

5th September 1997 at 01:00
The Government has confirmed that each primary and secondary school will be set "clear, realistic and achievable targets for improvement" at the start of the next school year in August 1998.

Brian Wilson, the Education Minister, made this clear today (Friday) as he prepared to chair the first meeting of the national action group on standards, whose establishment was announced in early July. It will produce annual reports.

Mr Wilson said he intended carrying the profession with him, an undertaking symbolised by the presence on the 16-member action group of Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland. This is the first time the union has been admitted to the inner circle of Scottish Office policy-making in almost 20 years, although its education convener is a member of the Higher Still implementation group.

The action group will concentrate initially on literacy, numeracy and public examinations. Levels of deprivation will be taken into account in drawing up "realistic" targets, an approach which is in line with proposals issued south of the border this week by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Mr Wilson says the group will not be confined to setting targets and will look at other aspects of raising standards. Its early priorities will be to improve the quality of learning and teaching, tackle underachievement and investigate ways of monitoring the performance of schools.

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