The beginning of the end for CfE

18th March 2016 at 00:00

Much has already been written about the SNP government’s appalling plans to impose standardised testing on schools, but there is one area of concern that has thus far been overlooked. The government have attempted to distract people from the glaring holes in their policy and the widespread opposition to their plans by emphasising that the National Improvement Framework will ensure that parents receive more information about their children than ever. In truth, all that is being proposed is that parents receive the standardised test scores (which are likely to be meaningless) and a Curriculum for Excellence level (which they currently receive) – it’s unlikely that this will be seen as sufficiently detailed to meet the government’s promises.

It is therefore all but guaranteed that these ill-conceived, politically-motivated proposals will lead to another unintended consequence: the return, in some shape or form, of the ‘Developing, Consolidating, Secure’ sub-levelling that plagued the early introduction of CfE.

I doubt that this has even occurred to the education secretary or the first minister but, now that the matter has been raised, will they rule out the introduction of any form of sub-levelling? If not, will they finally admit that the NIF does, in fact, signal the beginning of the end of CfE?

James McEnaney

Lecturer and candidate for RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance

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