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The Scottish Council of Deans of Education is the body which represents Schools of Education in the universities in Scotland who contribute to initial teacher education accredited by the General Teaching Council of Scotland. The Council contributes to teaching and research in educational leadership and offers career long professional learning for teachers and other education professionals. The Council also engages in education and related research. It aims to represent these varied areas of interest and to inform education policy and practice. Schools of Education form part of Higher Education Institutions and receive their funding through a variety of sources ranging from government, industry, research councils, voluntary and non-governmental organisations, as well as from bequests and alumni. Collectively their portfolio offers programmes covering undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications up to doctoral level and a range of continuous professional learning courses and knowledge exchange opportunities.

SCDE’s primary objectives are:

  • To produce high quality teaching graduates equipped to engage critically with a range of education settings and diverse learner populations
  • To contribute robust and relevant research that informs education policy and practice
  • To raise public awareness of the contribution of the education profession from early years to lifelong learning
  • To provide a platform to debate and develop strategies for professional learning for education personnel
  • To engage in and build on international collaborations to advance educational discourse in a range of areas e.g. educational leadership, curriculum, research, policy
  • To partner with a range of national and local organisations to further advance equity and excellence in education
  • To anticipate and engage with developing political, economic, social, cultural and environmental concerns as they affect education