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EIS Welcomes publication of new qualifications Specifications for CfE

Scotland’s largest teaching union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has welcomed the publication of the final course, unit and assessment specifications for the new National Qualifications associated with the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). 

While welcoming the greater clarity that this will bring for teachers and pupils in secondary schools, the EIS also called for all aspects of the support package for the senior phase of CfE – agreed recently between the EIS and the Scottish Government – to be delivered fully by Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS welcomes the publication of the final award specifications and also the initial set of support materials.  These will be welcomed in schools.”

He added, "The recent Agreement reached between the EIS and the Scottish Government provided for similar course materials to be made available for all subjects, at all levels, and we now expect Education Scotland and the SQA to deliver timeously on this promise to schools and teachers.”

The Agreement also facilitated what has been referred to as a ‘deep audit’ of schools’ state of readiness to deliver the CfE senior phase.  Initial returns from EIS members in schools indicate that this has been a more superficial process than envisaged.

"It’s absolutely essential that teachers’ voices are heard as part of this review as it is classroom practitioners who are best able to judge what is required to deliver CfE successfully.  We will be pressing the Scottish Government and Education Scotland to listen to teachers, and to respond positively to requests for additional support,” said Mr Flanagan.

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