Curriculum For Excellence – Support package announced
Education Secretary Michael Russell today announced confirmation that agreement has been reached with Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) on a package of support for teachers to ensure that delivery of new qualifications under Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) remains on track.
The package of support includes:
– Additional funding of £3.5 million for secondary schools for additional training and support materials where these are required.
– Two extra in service days for secondary schools to allow teachers additional time to prepare for new qualifications.
– An expanded programme of SQA events for every principal subject teacher.
– Education Scotland and SQA will work with teachers to develop national course materials. These materials will enable teachers to then tailor their teaching for the needs of their pupils.
During a visit St. Augustine’s RC High School, Mr Russell said:
“We have been listening to the concerns of teachers over the past few weeks and I thank the EIS for their positive contribution to our discussions. This package of measures aims to help ease the workload of teachers as they prepare new courses for the school year ahead” adding, “Education Scotland is reviewing the state of readiness to introduce new qualifications in secondary schools across Scotland. This review will identify precisely where any of the additional help and support announced today is most needed.”
“We want to improve the life chances of all our children and young people and it is vitally important that we remain on track with Curriculum for Excellence for the 54,000 pupils currently in S2 and deliver new qualifications on time. I want to reassure pupils and parents that we continue on course.”
Commenting on the announcement General Secretary of EIS, Larry Flanagan said, “EIS welcomes this agreement as a successful conclusion to the detailed discussions of the last few weeks. The Cabinet Secretary has listened to the arguments presented. The detailed package represents a significant and measurable investment in the senior phase of CfE, which should allow schools to progress towards National 4 and 5 in 2013/14.
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