Update on progress in education
International Council of Education Advisers sixth meeting underway.
Progress on improving collaboration between schools and updating Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) will be on the agenda during the sixth meeting of the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA).
The ICEA previously identified CfE as a key strength of the Scottish education system – calling it ‘the cornerstone of educational transformation in Scotland’ – while urging the Scottish Government to ensure teachers, parents and learners all understand the aims behind it.
The ICEA report also recommended steps to enhance the work of the six Regional Improvement Collaboratives, introduced to share evidence of what works at a local level and provide access to expert and practical support for teachers and schools.
Ahead of updating the council on measures taken to address their recommendations since receiving their first formal report in June 2018, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
“The ICEA have been clear that the creation of Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs) offers a ‘once in a generation opportunity to transform Scottish education’. Since their last visit we have announced an additional £5 million to the six RICs to help strengthen support to schools, while Education Scotland are moving to a regional delivery model that provides access to expert advice at a local level.
“The RIC Interim Review, published today, highlights that overall school staff were very positive about the idea of learning from one another and welcomed the opportunity to network, build skills and develop teaching practice.
“I welcome the ICEA views on Curriculum for Excellence, we know this is the right approach for Scotland. I do agree with the council that it is not enough to simply have the right curriculum in place – everyone it serves must understand exactly how CfE delivers for our young people. That is why we have created a working group to consider this issue in closer detail.
“I hope the ICEA will recognise the progress made in recent months and I look forward to receiving their valuable insight into our education system and the actions we are taking to deliver the best possible learning experiences for our young people.”