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Education Reforms

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

The quotation that Clare Adamson read out reflects my reading of the international evidence, which argues for more and more decisions to be taken in the classroom by individual empowered classroom teachers. At the heart of the reform agenda, and at the heart of the pay and workload deal that we have arrived at with professional associations and local authority partners, is the creation of a sense of teacher autonomy and agency, such that teachers can confidently make judgments about the educational journey of young people. The agenda that I have set out today supports and enhances that.