Have your say on the draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish education (updated)

25 Nov

Update: 25 November 2016

Assessment of children’s progress

Update: 11 June 2016

Speech by Deputy First Minister on standardised assessments.

Update: 6 January 2016

First Minister confirms plans to introduce standardised assessments for schools.

National Improvement Framework (pdf)

Voice Scotland has a number of concerns about this (see also updates below).

  • The national collection and publication of data on attainment could lead to the exact opposite of what is intended, as schools would look to perform well in tests rather than focus on individual pupil achievement.
  • Standardised testing will not ensure an improvement in education – only better learning and teaching will.
  • Schools should be concentrating on pupils working to their potential, and we should be removing barriers to that.
Update: 8 December 2015

Commission on School Reform’s report

Update: November 2015

Advice paper from The Royal Society of Edinburgh (pdf)

Update 11 November 2015

Voice Scotland’s response to the Scottish Government’s online survey

Update: 6 November 2015

“Collecting data won’t help pupils”: TESS letters, 6 November 2015











Update: 28 October 2015

Voice Official Response 2166: Amendment to Stage 2 of the Education (Scotland) Bill, relating to the National Improvement Framework

Scottish Government Facebook Q&A 3 November 2015

1 September 2015

The Scottish Government has launched Creating a Smarter Scotland: a draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish education to:

“drive improvement in our education system. It will bring together a range of key performance information to improve outcomes for every child in Scotland. It sets out our vision and priorities for Scotland’s children, particularly for the most disadvantaged, and the drivers of improvement which support those priorities. It builds on the best practice within Curriculum for Excellence in using a range of data and evidence to report and plan improvements for children.”

“At its heart will be a new national standardised assessment for children in primaries 1, 4, 7 and in S3. These assessments will focus on standards of literacy and numeracy. We will also bring greater focus to improvements in the health and wellbeing of children and young people. This will bring consistency, transparency and robustness to the work currently taking place across the country and will support teachers in understanding children’s progress within Curriculum for Excellence.”  

In the Foreward to the Framework, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon states:

To give the Framework the appropriate status and to enhance transparency, accountability and consistency we will look to amend the current Education (Scotland) Bill to place the Framework and reporting arrangements on a statutory footing. Our commitment is to report annually, using the information we gather from the Framework. These reports will allow us collectively to assess progress at a national level and also support improvement at local authority or school level where that is necessary.

“We will consult in the coming months about the publication of data and format of information to ensure everyone has the right access to the information they need to drive improvement.”

“During the remainder of 2015, we will undertake a series of national and regional engagement events to provide you with an opportunity to hear more, discuss and provide your views on the Framework. I will continue to listen to the views of local government, parents, teachers, children, and other key partners as the National Improvement Framework develops and is implemented.”

Voice Scotland will continue to monitor these developments and is keen to see that the National Improvement Framework does not move Curriculum for Excellence towards a leagues table approach.

Do let us know your views on the Framework.

Futher information:

National Improvement Framework website

National Improvement Framework Events

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2 Responses to “Have your say on the draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish education (updated)”

  1. Richard Fraser 29. Oct, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    From Twitter:
    James McEnaney ‏@MrMcEnaney
    “@VoiceScotland This report outlines RISE opposition to plans for standardised testing: http://www.rise.scot/media/nationaltesting

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