Looking to build on schools’ good work in Midlothian

Grace Vickers, Midlothian Council's new director of education
Grace Vickers, Midlothian Council's new director of education

A new head of education has been appointed to steer Midlothian Council through the many changes facing schools in the coming years.

Mrs Grace Vickers has joined the council from Edinburgh City Council. Her new role also involves lifelong learning and employability.

A former head teacher at St Thomas of Aquins High School was seconded to the city council as quality improvement manager for primary and secondary schools.

Mrs Vickers (43) said: “There are lots of opportunities in being able to get to know the schools really well, really quickly. I have had a number of school visits so far. I am looking forward to working really closely with schools.”

Schools are still in the throes of the new Curriculum of Excellence with ongoing evaluation into what has been implemented at age three to S3 level. The new qualifications are now being rolled out for S4 to S6.

Mrs Vickers pointed out that the new system helped pupils who did not flourish in an exam environment.

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