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Scotland to host top teaching summit

Published: 4 Mar 2016 16:04
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Delegations from around the world to attend 2017 International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

Scotland is to host a top international teaching summit, Education Secretary Angela Constance said today.

Delegations from around the world will head to Scotland as the UK and Scottish Governments jointly host the 2017 International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP).

The annual conference, which took place in Berlin this week, brings together education ministers and teaching unions from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems all over the world.

Ms Constance made the announcement while attending the 2016 Summit. She said:

"I am delighted that Scotland is hosting this prestigious event on behalf of the UK. The 2017 Summit will be an excellent opportunity to showcase Scottish education on the global stage and promote culture and tourism at the same time.

"his follows on from the success of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement in Glasgow in January and Scotland hosting delegations from high performing and improving education systems across the world keen to learn about Scottish education and the reforms we have delivered through Curriculum for Excellence."

Minister of State for Schools in England Nick Gibb, who also attended the 2016 Summit, said:

"It's fantastic that the UK is to host next year's summit. Being here for this year's event has been an invaluable experience; sharing knowledge and best practice couldn't be more important to our mission to achieve in education in every corner of our own country. I'm already looking forward to welcoming delegations from the rest of the world to the UK next year."

Education International General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen said:

"We welcome Scotland's commitment to host the seventh International Summit on the Teaching Profession in 2017. The Summit is a unique annual event bringing teachers' unions and education ministers together to ensure the best possible support for our classroom teachers. EI recognizes and appreciates the important role that Scotland has played in previous Summits. We are grateful for the leadership shown by our Scottish colleagues and look forward to the next Summit."

In 2015 the General Teaching Council for Scotland and Education Scotland hosted almost 50 separate overseas delegations seeking information about the country's system of teacher induction and training and the reforms delivered through Curriculum for Excellence.

Notes to editors

The 2017 ISTP will take place in Scotland next year. For more information on the ISTP visit