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  • Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Subject Choice) 17 May 2018

    1. Presiding Officer, “I will not accept a situation in which there are restrictions”—[ Official Report , 7 January 2009; c 13684.] on subject choices in senior secondary school. That is what Fiona Hyslop, the then Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said when curriculum for excellence was launched. Has the Government kept that promise?
  • Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Subject Choice) 17 May 2018

    I am slightly surprised by that answer, because subject choice is narrowing. A new survey has made it clear that restrictions are happening right across Scotland, right now. The majority of schools offer only six subjects in secondary 4. Although the survey is new, it only confirms concerns that have been raised by MSPs from across the chamber since the Scottish National Party took charge....
  • Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Subject Choice) 17 May 2018

    I am talking about subject choice. It is well seen that John Swinney is not sitting next to the First Minister today. However, do not just take it from me. Here is what Keir Bloomer, one of the architects of curriculum for excellence, has said. He warned about this five years ago. He said: “It will severely limit the options for those who want to study three sciences or several...

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