Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for Curriculum for Excellence - future direction, improving attainment and supporting classroom teaching

Morning, Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Central Edinburgh


Bringing together key stakeholders with regulators and policymakers, this seminar will examine the policy priorities for Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) ahead of the Scottish Government’s expected introduction of an Education Bill in summer 2018.

In light of the Scottish Government’s International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) report, which warned that the 2017 National Improvement Framework represents a shift away from the ‘whole child’ approach of CfE, delegates will discuss the future direction of CfE and its fit with the key objectives for Scottish education.

Further sessions will examine the implementation of the Scottish Government’s new Regional Collaboratives and proposals for a Headteacher’s Charter, put forward within the Education Governance Review. Delegates will assess the potential impact of these structural changes, aimed at encouraging greater collaboration and leadership within Scotland’s education system, on the performance of CfE and educational attainment, as well as the further action that might be taken in this area.

They will also discuss policy priorities for improving the teaching of CfE, including opportunities for enhancing professional development and for opening up new routes into teaching, as well as the challenges for ensuring teachers are properly resourced as the Scottish Government prepares to publish a new school funding formula in June 2018.


Guest of Honour

Professor Graham Donaldson

Consultant and Member, International Council of Education Advisors

Guest of Honour

Professor Graham Donaldson

Consultant and Member, International Council of Education Advisors


Elizabeth Smith MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Ross Greer MSP

Member, Education and Skills Committee


Neil McLennan

Director of Leadership Programmes and Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Aberdeen

Dr Paul Thomson

Rector, Jordanhill School, Glasgow

Laurence Findlay

Corporate Director, Education and Social Care, Moray Council and Lead, Northern Alliance

Jane Peckham

National Official, Scotland, NASUWT

Jean Carwood-Edwards

Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

George Gilchrist

Educational Writer and Commentator and former Headteacher, Parkside and Ancrum Primary Schools, Scottish Borders

Rod Grant

Headmaster, Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh

Mark Stewart MSYP

Convener, Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, Scottish Youth Parliament

Reuben Moore

Director of Leadership, Teach First

Eileen Prior

Executive Director, Scottish Parent Teacher Council

Arwyn Thomas

Managing Director, GwE