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Beyond the Gove universe…

Below, my latest piece in Guardian education…..

Michael Russell, cabinet secretary for education in the SNP government, who declared himself ‘stunned’ at recently announced English plans to allow unqualified teachers into classrooms. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod
Last week, a British education minister spoke eloquently of the necessity of a highly qualified teaching profession, free university learning and the vital importance of public education as a “societal, not just an individual, good”.

No, Michael Gove has not had a radical change of heart over the summer break. The minister in question was Michael Russell, cabinet secretary for education in the SNP government. He and I were sharing a platform at a packed session at this year’s Edinburgh book festival on “the value of education”, with many cogent and passionate contributions from leading academics and educationalists.

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One Response to Beyond the Gove universe…

  1. A great article that shows just how wonderful the Scottish education system is. However you failed to mention we have only one exam body, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA, who set the exam papers unlike England I believe who have private companies who create the exam papers. Is that correct?

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