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15/11/13 14:00

Headteachers key to Curriculum for Excellence

School leadership role ‘essential’.

Education Secretary Michael Russell has outlined the Scottish Government’s key priorities for the coming months at the annual School Leaders Scotland conference.

Mr Russell also stressed that all those involved in education have a role to play in the on-going delivery of Curriculum for Excellence as he updated headteachers on progress being made and confirmed that the Scottish Government will continue to work with teachers and headteachers as implementation progresses.

He said:

“Our schools have made excellent progress in delivering Curriculum for Excellence and I have every confidence that next year’s qualifications will be delivered successfully and benefit pupils across Scotland.

“Education Scotland, SQA and the Scottish Government are continuing to work closely with local authorities, parents and teachers to ensure a smooth transition and a wide range of support has been provided to help teachers and to help them keep pupils on track. I am grateful to the leadership shown by our head teachers throughout this process.

“Throughout the process of change we have listened closely to those who are delivering in our classrooms and we will continue to listen and respond where needed.

“We are already seeing the benefits of Curriculum for Excellence every day, developing a generation of young people ready to succeed.”

Ken Cunningham, General Secretary of SLS said:

"SLS is delighted at the government's continued support for both the CfE programme generally and for the willingness to listen and respond as issues are raised. We too have confidence in our leaders, their staff and young people in responding to this generational change in Scottish education."

Background

Mr Russell was speaking to the annual conference of School Leaders Scotland (SLS) the organisation for senior leaders in Scottish secondary schools.