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Commenting on the statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills setting out plans to scrap SQA and Education Scotland and replace them with new bodies, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“It has been abundantly clear that an overhaul of systems and structures is needed in the interests of schools, teachers and pupils.
 
“We need to see genuine change created as a result of these reforms. This cannot merely be a rebranding exercise where the same cultures and practices continue to exist under a different name and logo.
 
“We will be looking to the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that these new organisations are able to operate independently and offer genuine and meaningful engagement with the teaching profession and the NASUWT. These reforms must also be underpinned by a commitment to empowering classroom teachers and giving them agency to undertake their jobs and to support the profession to deliver the best for pupils.”
 
Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“To succeed, the growing over-emphasis on assessment and bureaucracy which is disempowering teachers, damaging their morale and undermining their ability to meet the needs of their pupils must be tackled.
 
“So too must be reforming the role of school inspection to ensure inspections are focused on genuinely supporting schools to improve and succeed, rather than the current flawed high-stakes accountability system, which too often creates perverse incentives for schools which are not in the best interests of pupils.
 
“Given the timescale for enacting these reforms, it is important that pupils and teachers are supported through the transition period in order that the chaos and confusion they have endured during the last couple of years is not repeated.”
 

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