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Aims and Scope

Scottish Educational Review (SER) publishes academic articles and research notes relating to the field of educational policy and practice. The journal also publishes a regular review of the proceedings of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament, as well as reviews of recently published books. We also publish the keynote addresses from the annual Scottish Educational Research Association conference.

The journal is written for academics and researchers in the field of education, teachers and managers in schools and local authorities and those concerned with the development and implementation of education policy. While some of the focus is Scottish, we aim to publish work that is of wider interest to the readership. We also publish work relating to education outwith Scotland, that may be of interest to a Scottish audience.

Availability of papers

SER is available in paper form by subscription. This website contains an archive of back issues (papers as downloadable PDF). The most recent edition is available as abstracts only, but all older articles are available in full back to 1997.

Peer Review

All research articles in this journal have been subject to systematic peer review, normally based on anonymised refereeing by two academic referees.

SER is not affiliated Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA), but enjoys close links with this organisation (for example SERA members receive SER as part of their annual subscription). Further information about SERA may be accessed at

Latest edition

  • From the Editors 49[1]
  • Arshad, Rowena (2017) Diversity and Social Justice – Beyond Motherhood and Apple Pie, Scottish Educational Review, 49(1), 3-13.
  • Humes, Walter (2017) Educational Commitments in the 2016 Election to the Scottish Parliament: An Analysis of Party Manifestos, Scottish Educational Review, 49(1), 14-32.
  • Corry, Val (2017) The gender ‘gap’ in attainment: the Scottish Policy perspective, Scottish Educational Review 49(1), 33-50.
  • Torrance Deirdre and Forde, Christine (2017) “Social Justice Leadership in Scottish Education, Scottish Educational Review 49(1), 51-66.
  • Rees, Kirstie, Tully, Scott and Ferguson, Kirstin (2017) “This is their's” The implementation of the South Lanarkshire Framework for supporting pupils with severe and profound needs, Scottish Educational Review 49(1), 67-88.
  • Meharg, Debbie, Craighill, Stephanie, Varey, Alison and Cairncross, Sandra (2017) Belonging: Blurring the Boundaries, Scottish Educational Review 49(1), 89-103.
  • Redford, M. (2017) Education in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Educational Review, 49(1), 104-118.
  • Book reviews 49[1]


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