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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This programme aims to engage learners in taking a critical overview of the Scottish Education system, current policy and curriculum drivers that impact on professional practice of teachers.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Yvonne Bain
  • Mrs Jayne Bruce

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The Scottish context: Policies, Philosophies and Principles underpinning learning and teaching

·         Scottish education in an international context

·         Policy agendas and national drivers of education in Scotland

·         The current curriculum and responsibilities for all teachers (Literacy, Numeracy, and Health and Well-being, Developing Scotland’s Young workforce etc)

·         Social Justice and Inclusion

Critical perspectives on professional learning and development

·         Models of professional learning

·         Critical enquiry as a process for professional learning

·         Developing as a critically reflective teacher

·         Being an agent of change

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments


1st attempt: 5000 word assignment (or equivalent): critically reflecting policy and practice for social inclusion within a curriculum context relevant to own professional setting. Distinct aspects of the assignment will include:

·         Drawing from formative engagement within the online course discussions, and evidence of practice

·         50%: 2500 word Critique of policy and related literature of influences on Scottish education

·         50%: 2500 word Critical reflection on the implications for practice within own context setting


Resit: one resubmission of any of the above assessment elements



Formative Assessment


Formative assessment: Peer and tutor feedback within online discussion (peer responses) and reflection on evidence of practice (e-portfolio response by tutor)





Course Learning Outcomes


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