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TEACHERS GIVEN NEW ROLE IN SCOTTISH POLICY DEVELOPMENT

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Teachers are to be given a new role in developing education policy where their practical experience will help infor...
Teachers are to be given a new role in developing education policy where their practical experience will help inform research priorities in teaching and learning, minister for children and education Sam Galbraith has announced.

Building on the successful summit meetings which the minister and his predecessors have held with headteachers over the past two years, an education forum is to be created to complement work already under way to focus on standards throughout Scotland's schools.

'Our approach to raising standards depends crucially on the practical experience and understanding of the process of teaching and learning held by teachers,' said Mr Galbraith.

'We want to ensure that practical experience is brought more directly to bear on policy development. We need also to balance that experience with understanding of research evidence on teaching and learning.

'Teachers and researchers have much to gain by bringing together their insights. Ministers' thinking and the policy development process will also greatly benefit from such exchanges to bear on the development of policy and the forum should provide the opportunity for doing that.'

Two forum meetings each year are planned, to be chaired by Sam Galbraith or by Peter Peacock, deputy minister for children and education, and with attendance drawn from headteachers and teachers throughout Scotland.

Mr Galbraith continued:

'Each forum will review items of current interest and relevant practical and research experience and reach a view about the implications for further policy development. I will ensure that the discussion and its implications are widely disseminated to all interested parties.'

NOTE

The Partnership for Scotland document committed the Scottish executive to the establishment of an education forum to review and raise standards. This commitment was recently reiterated in 'Making It Work Together: A Programme for Government'.

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