Update on Technology Education in Scotland
The Scottish education system is currently undergoing great changes at upper secondary school level. The past three years have seen the preparation for introduction and implementation of a reform entitled Higher Still, Opportunity for All and the amalgamation of the two national curriculum and assessment bodies, Scottish Exam Board (SEB) and Scottish Vocational Education Certificate (SCOTVEC) to create one unified body - the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA). Technology Education for Scottish Schools was endorsed by the Secretary of State for Scotland as statement of position.
This paper discusses the opportunities as they existed and the resultant courses which subsequently evolved through the process of drafting, consultation with practicing teachers, scrutiny by the members of the Design Engineering and Technology (DET) advisory panel and redrafting by the Higher Still Development Unit (HSDU).