Review into subject squeeze in Scotland

Scotland will hold an independent review into how to improve the last three years of secondary education after concerns were raised about a limiting of subject choices.

Ministers announced the move after Holyrood’s Education Committee had made several recommendations following an inquiry into how many subjects are available. It cited “serious concerns” over a lack of clarity within Scottish education as to who holds overall responsibility for curriculum structure and subject choice.

The committee also criticised Education Scotland, whose remit is to support quality and improvement.

MSPs said Education Scotland was “failing to provide enough support for the continuing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)”, which was introduced in 2010.

They added: “The evidence provided to this inquiry by senior leaders from Education Scotland revealed a serious gap in knowledge about the current state of curriculum implementation and the associated challenges facing schools, which was alarming to the committee and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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