Strategic Board for Teacher Education


The role of the Strategic Board for Teacher Education (SBTE) is to oversee and evaluate reforms to teacher education since the publication of Teaching Scotland's Future. It acts as a centre-point for national discussion related to the standards in teaching and teacher education.

The board works in the spirit of partnership, providing an open and frank discussion forum for members and will will engage with the teaching profession and other stakeholders.

The board will:

  • provide oversight of key elements of Teaching Scotland's Future such as local authority/university partnerships and continue to support ongoing projects started by the National Implementation Board
  • communicate with teachers about ongoing changes to teacher education. As part of this the Board will consider the coherence of messages across partner organisations
  • consider equality issues in the teaching profession both in terms of access to professional learning but also in terms of the make-up of the profession itself
  • develop a coherent national policy on SCQF Level 11 learning for teachers drawing together related work on the Masters Framework, the Framework for Educational Leadership, the new qualification for headship and projects funded by the Scottish Government
  • develop a coherent national strategy in relation to educational research in Scotland
  • consider the implications for the schools workforce of the OECD Improving Schools in Scotland report
  • introduce and monitor quality indicators for teacher education
  • provide an effective link between teacher education/professional learning and other key areas of national policy such as tackling inequality, raising attainment, early years, developing the young workforce and Curriculm for Excellence
  • agree recommendations to ensure that teacher workforce planning can be enhanced and become more responsive to local needs

Short life sub-groups

The board has set up three short life working groups to concentrate on specific categories of work:


  • Michael Wood, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland
  • Sharon McLellan, Association of Heads and Deputes
  • Khadija Mohammed, BME interests
  • Eddie Follan, COSLA
  • Gillian Hamilton, Education Scotland
  • Susan Quinn, Education Scotland
  • Gillian Campbell-Thow, Gaelic interests
  • Ken Muir, General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • Jane Peckham, NASUWT
  • Barrie Sheppard, National Parents Forum for Scotland  
  • Margaret Lannon, Scottish Council of Independent Schools
  • Barbara Coupar, Scottish Catholic Education Service
  • Jim Thewliss, School Leaders Scotland
  • Seamus Searson, Scottish Secondary Teachers Association
  • David Smith, Scottish Council of Deans of Education
  • Anne Paterson, Regional Improvement Collaboratives
  • Dougie Atkinson, VOICE
  • Duncan Lawrie, Early Career Phase Teacher
  • Kirsty Elder, ITE student
  • Andy Drought, Scottish Government (Chair)
  • David Roy, Scottish Government
  • Kevin Hanlon, Scottish Government
  • Scott Brand, Scottish Government (Secretary)




Strategic Board for Teacher Education (SBTE)
c/o Scottish Government
Learning Directorate
Victoria Quay

Tel: 0131 244 4000 or 0300 244 4000 (for local rate throughout UK and for mobile)

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