15 Feb 2013

Russell Needs to Act to Stop Any Pupil from Losing Out

Responding to the initial survey of teachers by the EIS on the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, which shows the vast majority of teachers feel that they have received unsatisfactory support, Scottish Labour's Hugh Henry MSP, said:

“These results show that Mike Russell has failed to listen to and act on, the concerns of teachers who have to deliver the new national qualifications.

"Mike Russell has been consistently complacent on the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence. Any action he has taken has been limited and belated. His so called “deep audit” merely scratched the surface and didn’t bother to consult with classroom teachers.

“Pupils, parents and teachers need a guarantee that promises will be delivered. We cannot afford any slip-ups with the future of our young people. Mike Russell needs to address these worrying findings.

"Teachers are saying they haven’t been given the promised support, either financial or in course materials, to deliver. We’re running out of time and Mike Russell needs to act now to make sure that not a single Scottish pupil loses out. The buck stops with him.”