The Government takes seriously the need to engage with teachers and we recognise the need for teachers to be satisfied with the materials that they have. Overall, the Educational Institute of Scotland welcomed the issuing of materials and in particular the distribution of final assessment support papers on 30 April.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has produced sample exam papers in addition to Education Scotland’s professional focus papers. There have been 150 events around the country at which Education Scotland and other agencies have sought teachers’ views, and the Government and Education Scotland always stand ready to ensure that teachers are satisfied with the new exams.
I stress that the materials that are being provided are exemplars. One purpose of curriculum for excellence is to allow teachers the freedom to teach in the way that they believe is best fitted to achieving the aims that we all share.