Teacher education in Scotland: consensus politics and ‘the Scottish policy style’

Moira Hulme, Aileen Kennedy

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In this chapter Moira Hulme and Aileen Kennedy talk about the ‘myth’ of Scottish education and about the widely acknowledged consensual nature of the education policy community. This has created a much more harmonious approach to teacher education policy than in some other parts of the UK. They trace the recent history of teacher education including in particular the ‘universitisation’ of provision as the colleges of education were each merged with universities. The General Teaching Council for Scotland has played a very significant role in teacher education policy since its formation in 1966 and this has included a key role in the development of a suite of professional standards as well as in processes of accreditation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher education in times of change
Subtitle of host publicationResponding to challenges across the UK and Ireland
EditorsGary Beauchamp, Linda Clarke, Moira Hulme, Martin Jephcote, Aileen Kennedy, Geraldine Magennis, Ian Menter, Jean Murray, Trevor Mutton, Teresa O'Doherty, Gillian Peiser
Place of PublicationBristol
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2015


  • Scotland
  • teacher education
  • policy community
  • universitisation
  • general teaching council for scotland
  • accreditation
  • standards


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