Curriculum renewal in Scotland: beyond the OECD review

By Tracey Peace-Hughes, Michelle Ritchie, Marina Shapira, Mark Priestley and Camilla Barnett The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) independent review of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has received a lot of attention since its publication on  21st June 2021. In particular, the media has claimed this is a ‘damning report’, focusing rather narrowly on two points in the Review: the proposed reforms of the Scottish Qualifications Authority

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Preliminary findings from the secondary school leaders survey: a summary

To cite this work: Shapira, M., Priestley, M., Peace-Hughes, T., Barnett, C. & Ritchie, M. (2021). Preliminary findings from the secondary school leaders survey: a summary. Nuffield Project, Working Paper No. 2. Stirling: University of Stirling. This working paper, from the Nuffield funded ‘Choice, attainment and positive destinations: exploring the impact of curriculum policy change

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Working Paper No.5

Cite this work: Barnett, C., Shapira, M., Peace-Hughes, T, Ritchie, M. Priestley, M. (2022). Do families matter? an exploration of the determinants of lower secondary school subject choices under the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, Working Paper No.5. Stirling: University of Stirling. Please use link below to download the paper

Is the S5 curriculum narrowing? Evidence from a survey with secondary school leaders offers some answers

By Tracey Peace-Hughes, Camilla Barnett, Marina Shapira, Michelle Ritchie and Mark Priestley  Recent news articles (see here and here) have reignited concerns that under Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) young people are studying fewer subjects and fewer qualifications in their Senior Phase of secondary education in Scotland. These articles are based on data obtained by the Scottish Conservatives via a freedom of information request (FOI). This data appears to show a

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