Morning, Monday, 4th October 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the key policy priorities for curriculum design in Scotland, with discussion on measures that can be taken to narrow the attainment gap, expand the current education offering, and respond to disruption caused by the pandemic.
This will also be a timely opportunity to consider the recommendations made in the recently published OECD Independent Review of Curriculum for Excellence, which include:
- replacing the SQA with a new agency
- removing the school inspections function of Education Scotland, and replacing it with a new independent inspection agency
- the introduction of a more tightly focused and streamlined qualifications system.
With The Scottish Government accepting all 12 of the OECD’s recommendations, delegates will discuss key priorities for taking them forward.
We are delighted to be able to include keynote contributions from Beatriz Pont, Senior Policy analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Anneli Rautiainen, Senior Counsellor of Education, Finnish National Agency for Education (FINEDU).
Overall, sessions in the agenda look at:
- findings from the recently published Independent Review of Curriculum for Excellence, and the Scottish Government’s initial response
- harnessing the CfE to support improvements in key areas of the Scottish education system:
- supporting effective catch-up on learning
- closing the attainment gap
- driving wider post-pandemic recovery
- improving approaches to the teaching of the curriculum in schools:
- scope for local flexibility
- addressing educational inequality
- fostering collaboration between providers
- expanding the depth and breadth of learning
- the latest in forward-thinking curriculum design - teaching carbon literacy, digital skills and gaming, and diversifying the curriculum
- learning from overseas practice around curriculum design and application
- next steps for taking forward the CfE - addressing its current performance and identifying the roadmap ahead
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Education Scotland and Ofsted. Also due to attend are representatives from Audit Scotland; Banff Academy; Bright Red Publishing; Copyright Licensing Agency; Creative Scotland; Dollar Academy; Duncanrig Secondary School, Glasgow; East Ayrshire Council; George Watson's College, Edinburgh; HarperCollins; Heriot-Watt University; Hodder Gibson; Includem; LinkLiving; NHS Lanarkshire; Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership; Scottish Qualifications Authority; SEEMiS Group; The Education and Training Foundation; The Wood Foundation; University of Aberdeen; University of Bristol; University of Edinburgh; University of St Andrews; and Who Cares? Scotland.
A press pass has been reserved by a representative from The Times.
For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group comprised of parliamentarians, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with other education stakeholders including school leaders, teachers and teacher groups, virtual learning platforms, skills and training bodies, programme coordinators, mentoring groups, counsellors and wellbeing officers, local government, as well as academic researchers and reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference