Brilliant children remind us that education isn’t a disaster area

The latest results of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy, and teachers’ revelations about workload, have cast a shadow over Scottish schools – but let’s not forget all the great work and the great pupils.


Last week, education became the political football of choice in Scotland. This had been on the cards for a while, before two things happened in quick succession: on Tuesday, the disappointing results of the final Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) were published; and on Wednesday, a dozen teachers appeared at the Scottish Parliament to make some eye-opening revelations about the demands of their jobs.


This was seized upon by the government’s opponents and by newspapers. The Daily Express described Scottish education as a scene of “abject failure” while the Daily Mail, with its usual restraint, wrote the headline: “Generation’s life chances sacrificed on altar of independence.”


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