By Dougie Atkinson, Professional Officer (Scotland)
On 10 March 2016, a report, Evaluation of the Impact of the Implementation of Teaching Scotland’s Future, was published by the Scottish Government into progress with implementation of the 2011 report, Teaching Scotland’s Future (TSF).
In 2010, Professor Graham Donaldson undertook a review of teacher education for the Scottish Government. The resulting report, Teaching Scotland’s Future – Report of a review of teacher education in Scotland, published early in 2011, concluded that the two ways in which school education could realise the high aspirations that Scotland had for its young people were through supporting and strengthening the quality of teaching and the quality of leadership.
The original report set out 50 recommendations for how improvements could be made to teacher education, which the Scottish Government accepted, in full or in part, establishing a National Partnership Group to consider them in more detail. Ultimately, this resulted in 20 substantial projects being taken forward by the National Implementation Board for Teacher Education.
Ipsos MORI Scotland was commissioned by the Scottish Government in July last year to evaluate the early impact of TSF on teacher education and professional learning. This new report sets out the findings of that evaluation.
The evaluation offers an overview of the current landscape of teacher education, highlighting what progress has been made in key areas since the original report was published and where further progress and improvements are still needed. The findings cover initial teacher education, probation, university and local authority partnerships, career-long learning activities, Professional Review and Development, mentoring and coaching, leadership and national and local support.
Voice Scotland will continue to work with its partners in Scottish education in taking this work forward.
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