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Teachers 'fears' over new curriculum

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The Curriculum for Excellence is being implemented in August

Only 25% of secondary teachers say they have had good training on the new curriculum being phased into schools, according to an unpublished survey.

The study, carried out by Ipsos-Mori for the Scottish government, is based on responses of almost 15,000 teachers.

Three in four also said they were not confident about delivering lessons for senior pupils.

The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is to be implemented in secondary schools across Scotland in August.

The new curriculum, which is already in place in primary schools and has been billed as the biggest shake-up in Scottish education for a generation, is intended to broaden pupils' learning.

Union talks

It is designed to give teachers more freedom and make lessons less prescriptive, but critics believe it is not fully developed and that guidance about its implementation in secondary schools is sketchy.

The unpublished survey, commissioned by the government's own management board, appears to suggest widespread confusion over how to prepare pupils for the new SQA exams linked to the curriculum.

Although the qualifications are three years away, lessons designed for them are meant to be rolled out to all schools from August.

Under the changes teachers have to think up lessons for themselves instead of operating under detailed guidelines.

Earlier this month, Education Secretary Mike Russell announced 10 measures to tackle problems in the curriculum.

He is to enter talks with Scotland's largest teaching union - the EIS - which has described the measures as inadequate and threatened industrial action.

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