Monday, 24 February 2014

Testing times

After a couple of hours in the office first thing this morning, I then travelled across town to attend a training event for school leaders on the continuing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. The venue was at the Corn Exchange -a place I have fond memories of as a competitive badminton player.

Overall I enjoyed the day as it provided opportunity to reflect on current progress and discuss with a range of colleagues from other schools, Education Scotland and the SQA a variety of key issues.

Along with many other topics, assessment was talked about a lot as this is a particular concern to teachers, students and parents.Concern has been raised in many quarters that the assessment arrangements for National 5 are burdensome for students and overly bureaucratic from a teacher's perspective. We were reassured to find that the representatives from the SQA were keen to listen and take our views on board as final preparations are being made for this year's exams.

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