Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
30 December 2010
Dear Cabinet Secretary
In November 2009, the Scottish Government asked me to conduct a fundamental review of teacher education in Scotland. I began my Review in February 2010 with a remit which covered the entirety of teacher education for primary and secondary schooling. I attach my Report which discharges that remit.
Together with my team, I visited each of the universities providing teacher education in Scotland and a selection of local authorities and schools. We also met with a wide range of interested bodies and individuals. I commissioned a literature review to look at the available evidence on teacher education worldwide and, where it highlighted interesting practice, pursued this through discussion with colleagues in that country. I also issued a call for evidence which received almost 100 responses, and a questionnaire for serving teachers which received just under 2500 responses. The analysis in this report reflects this very broad and inclusive evidence base. Understandably, there were strongly held and often divergent views about the best way to proceed. However, the response from individuals and organisations alike has invariably been open, thoughtful and constructive.
I have made 50 recommendations, covering the entirety of teacher education, which are designed to help to build the professional capacity of our teachers and ultimately to improve the learning of the young people of Scotland. In that way education can strengthen further its vital role in building Scotland's future.