15 November 2010

Russell praises efforts of teachers

As the Scottish Parliament prepare to debate the Curriculum for Excellence, Scottish education secretary Michael Russell has praised the efforts of schools and teachers who have risen to the challenge of implementation. Mr Russell said:

"I have called this debate to give the Scottish Parliament the chance to thank all of our teachers and school staff for their hard work implementing Curriculum for Excellence.

‘I know from visits to schools across Scotland that teachers are embracing the opportunities offered by the new curriculum to enthuse pupils and improve learning and teaching,"

he went on to say: "Many voices from educational experts at home and abroad to business organisations agree that Curriculum for Excellence is the big prize for our education system."

"I hope the voice of the Scottish Parliament will join with that chorus today and send a clear message of support for our teachers and signify our ongoing commitment to driving forward Curriculum for Excellence and improving Scottish education."

However the survey conducted by Educational Institute of Scotland has found that 51 per cent of teachers “do not feel confident in their own personal state of readiness” for the Curriculum for Excellence.

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