Teachers get extra training on curriculum

TEACHERS are set to get an extra day's training in the next school year to help them with the roll-out of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Teaching staff across Scotland were due to be sent a letter today from education secretary Michael Russell to tell them they are to get an additional in- service day between August and December.

The announcement follows discussions which have been held with the Educational Institute for Scotland (EIS) since Mr Russell published a ten-point plan to drive forward delivery of the new curriculum.

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Mr Russell said: "Curriculum for Excellence will improve pupils' education and ensure they are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century.

"Teachers are already using their expertise to ensure its success in primary schools and preparations are well under way among those in secondaries.

"I have said all along that we will do whatever we can to support teachers during implementation.

"The extra in-service day I am giving to teachers will enable them to address specific issues in their own school."