Mark Priestley has researched CfE more than anyone – this perspective on the progress on implementation and teachers’ beliefs has some serious implications for school leaders

Professor Mark Priestley

It has been a busy couple of months and the blog has not seen any input from me for some time. Time to remedy this! Since September, I have been involved in two writing projects – a forthcoming book on Curriculum for Excellence and a paper, drawing upon data from our Highland project and relating to teachers’ views about CfE (see http://tinyurl.com/cjnyfvx).  I have also been heavily involved in talking with teachers, both through CPD activities and through student placement visits. Both sets of activities have provided a big insight into the genuine difficulties schools experience in implementing CfE. Both have also reinforced my view that teacher beliefs – about learning, about students and about life in general –play a significant role in the form that the implementation of a new curriculum will take.

Many of the factors that shape the implementation of CfE are, of course, structural. These…

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