How very gratifying to read in this report that the high heid yins are actually fulfilling their promise to listen to practitioners:

Guidance on science in the new curriculum is undergoing a major rewrite, barely months after it first appeared, the Scottish Government confirmed this week.

The changes follow strong criticisms by an expert working group from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and feedback from teachers.

The Scottish Government acknowledged that the science experiences and outcomes – the first set to be drafted – contained “a strong concentration on the development of opportunities for new approaches to learning and teaching, with insufficient reinforcement of conceptual development in science”.

The revised science guidance is scheduled for release in mid-April. A Government spokeswoman added that exemplification would follow in due course.

Teacher feedback, distilled in a research study commissioned by Learning and Teaching Scotland, and the RSE report highlighted the need for exemplification of how the outcomes could be translated into learning in the classroom.

The development of A Curriculum for Excellence and its role in preparing pupils for higher education and science-based careers formed part of the programme this week at the annual Science at the Parliament event.

It’s easy to criticize those people who are orchestrating the roll out of the Curriculum for Excellence but we need to give them credit for their very real emphasis on genuine consultation.  From 2002 to 2005, I was an adviser at SEED (as it was) first on the National Debate and National Priorities. then on the ICT strategy. I found amongst the civil servants a deeply held commitment to understanding the concerns of professionals and to working closely with us to formulate policies that reflected our expertise and judgment. Of course ‘they don’t always get it right’, but here is a good example of that drive for excellence that permeates our system.