Alan is the Strategic Director at Education Scotland with responsibilities for implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland’s major education reform for learners aged from 3-18. He and his teams are actively involved in a broad range of capacity building and quality assurance activities, through very close engagement with national and local partners, to promote key national initiatives across primary and secondary schools. He also leads a major national programme of improvements to vocational learning through the national agenda for Developing the Young Workforce. His responsibilities include Education Scotland’s international strategy, and teacher education, from initial teacher education to support for early phase teachers, career-long professional learning, and capacity building for educational leadership.
Alan is also President of the Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE). CIDREE is a network of key national educational bodies in 17 countries that are central to policy advice and support for curriculum development and / or educational research.