The EIS has commented upon the publication of the remit for an independent review of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), to be led by the OECD.

The remit for the review was announced this morning by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at an event at Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh.

The EIS notes the publication of the remit for the review of CfE, and agrees with the view that the review must not become a distraction from the ongoing work of schools and teachers to meet the challenges to education created by poverty in our society.

The EIS welcomes the strong focus on depth and breadth of learning in the Senior Phase in secondary schools, and on the articulation between the Broad General Education and Senior Phase.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The Senior Phase was predicated upon achieving greater depth in learning, maintaining breadth in the curriculum, and creating parity of esteem between 'academic' and 'vocational' pathways."

"The EIS is not convinced that we have universally achieved any of these objectives, so we welcome the CfE review's focus on these areas and would wish to see a focus also on approaches to assessment, to evaluate the extent to which the objective of reducing the amount of unnecessary formal assessment has been achieved."

"The recent disproportionate discourse on annual variations in Higher performance is indicative of the fact that many people still see the senior phase as little more than an exam factory. Qualifications are important, but Education in the 21st Century needs to be about much more than simply passing tests."