Irish minister visit Lasswade High

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Education Minister for the North of Ireland, John O’Dowd, paid a visit to Lasswade High School on Monday to witness first hand the improvements that Curriculum for Excellence is delivering in Scottish classrooms.

The result of an eight-year effort, Curriculum for Excellence is the most wide ranging reform of Scottish education in a generation with new qualifications on track to be introduced from 2013/14.

Reform of qualifications has recently begun in the North of Ireland, and an area of interest for Mr O’Dowd’s visit was Scotland’s progress in developing and introducing new qualifications.

Speaking after his visit to Midlothian, Mr O’Dowd said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to see the extent of the Scottish education system and how taking charge of the qualifications system has worked for Scotland.

“The Scottish Government has clearly embraced the opportunity provided by the devolution of education policy and has made notable progress.

“I have been impressed by the alternatives to A levels and the Scottish approach to qualifications regulation, and I am particularly looking forward to reflecting on how my own policies can take into account what has been achieved here.”

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