“Teaching Scotland’s Future”

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 9th March 2011.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Angela Constance Angela Constance Scottish National Party

Margaret Smith is right to highlight the fact that teachers are our primary resource, and she is also correct to highlight the importance of continuous professional development. The strength of the Donaldson review is that it sets CPD in the continuum of wider teacher education.

CPD should not be seen as a touchy-feely, nebulous subject. It needs clear parameters, outcomes and aspirations, and particular standards must be met: monitoring is, of course, important to that. There is some great practice on CPD in learning communities and schools, particularly in relation to the use of glow, which I suspect we could use far more effectively.

There are many ways to take the agenda forward, and the national partnership group and the teacher employment review will examine those in great detail.