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Review of teacher education

20/11/2009

A review will be carried out to examine the current system of educating teachers both at initial student stage and during their professional career to meet the needs of pupils in the 21st century and Curriculum for Excellence.

This review will consider the full spectrum of teacher education from initial teacher education through induction and onto continuing professional development.

Tasked with determining whether our teacher education system can develop the flexible, creative and learner centred teaching profession we need, the review will begin in January 2010 and report to Ministers by autumn 2010.

It will be led by the current Senior Chief Inspector at Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) Graham Donaldson, who will soon retire from his current post. Mr Donaldson will make recommendations on improving teacher education directly to Ministers.

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

"We know that as we continue to implement Curriculum for Excellence, the demands on teachers will change.

"That is why I believe that the time is right for a wide ranging review that takes a fundamental look at our system of teacher education. It is time to work out what is good, where the strengths are and where improvements and modernisations can be made.

"Graham Donaldson is one of the real experts on Scottish education and I am delighted that he has agreed to lead this piece of work. This review will be open and inclusive and none of the conclusions are pre-judged.

"He will be tasked with considering the full range of teacher education in Scotland - including initial teacher education, induction and continuing professional development.

"There are some specific questions that I would like the review to answer, including how can teacher education support the flexibility in the profession that Curriculum for Excellence requires? How do we organise the initial qualification, induction and CPD in a coherent, effective way?

"I believe this review by Graham Donaldson will give us the information we need to make sure Scotland's teacher education system is fit for the future."

Graham Donaldson, Senior Chief Inspector at Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) added:

"I am very pleased to have been asked by the Cabinet Secretary to undertake this review with the aim of ensuring that an already able and committed teaching profession is fully prepared for the challenges which lie ahead. My aim will be to work with all those with an interest in the quality of Scottish education to set out a path to future success."

Graham Donaldson began his teaching career in 1970 and taught in schools in Glasgow and Dunbartonshire. He worked as a Curriculum Evaluator for the Consultative Committee on the Curriculum. During this period, he was seconded to BP to review links between education and industry.

Mr Donaldson became an HMI in 1983 and has been HM Senior Chief Inspector of Education since 2002. In that role, he is Chief Executive of HM Inspectorate of Education and Chief Professional Adviser to the Scottish Government on all aspects of education outside the university sector.

Since becoming Senior Chief Inspector, he has introduced radical changes to the approach to inspection and quality improvement in Scotland. He has also led the inspection of child protection services in Scotland.

Mr Donaldson was awarded a CB for his services to education in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Graham Donaldson will be based in Learning Teaching Scotland during the review.