Over two-thirds of teachers and lecturers in Scotland feel dissatisfied by the support provided to them during the implementation of the new curriculum, a survey has found.
The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union has published the interim results of its national survey looking at progress implementing Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) for S4 pupils and above.
A snapshot of 1,000 respondents revealed 67.7% felt support from local authorities or colleges had been unsatisfactory. Meanwhile, 68.9% and 67.9% felt Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) respectively had given unsatisfactory support.
The snapshot also showed 40% of teachers and lecturers felt their own school or college has not received the previously agreed additional financial support for the new national qualifications.
Over three-quarters (78.5%) of teaching staff felt the promised supply of additional new course materials remains vital to the success of CfE implementation, while 78.4% said detailed exemplification of assessments from the SQA is essential.
Kay Barnett, convener of the EIS Education Committee, said: "While these interim results only provide a snapshot of the overall picture of CfE senior phase development, a number of key issues of concern are already apparent."
She added: "The fact that over three-quarters of teachers and lecturers are still calling for both new course materials and proper assessment exemplification from the SQA to support the new national qualifications highlights significant concern within the teaching profession."
Last year the union called for a one-year delay on the introduction of the national qualifications amid concerns that there would not be adequate time to prepare. Ms Barnett said: "Having decided to push ahead with an extremely ambitious timetable for the new qualifications, it is absolutely essential for the Scottish Government to ensure that all the promised resources are put in place to support teachers and lecturers in schools and colleges."
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Curriculum for Excellence is being developed with an unprecedented level of collaboration and partnership among education professionals, parents and others, including the EIS."
He added: "A wide range of course and assessment materials are already available for the new qualifications, with more to come in the next three months."