If you currently teach in England but are ready for a change, Scotland could be the place for you. It’s as familiar as the rest of the UK but Scotland has an education system that focuses on supporting both teachers and students. Keep reading to learn the benefits of teaching in Scotland vs. Elsewhere , from teacher-friendly legislation to student-focused classrooms.
The Scottish Government has control over Scotland’s education system, so there are several differences from other education systems.
Many of the demands of teaching remain the same wherever you go, but Scotland offers many rewards you probably won’t find elsewhere .
Scotland takes a “student first” approach to education, valuing learning and development over cost-cutting and exam scores.
Class sizes tend to be slightly smaller. The maximum class size is 25 for Primary 1 (P1) students and 30 for P2 and P3 students. The Scottish Government has set targets to reduce class sizes for all three years to 18 or fewer students.
Whereas England follows the National Curriculum, Scotland follows the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), which focuses on a wider, more flexible range of subjects. The aim is to provide options and choice across a broad range of subjects, rather than specialising at an earlier age, as with A levels. There are seven principles educators must consider when planning their students’ learning:
✔ Challenge and enjoyment
✔ Personalisation and choice