Archive for November 2011

From the Chalkface: Lessons from England

  Scotland traditionally guards its educational autonomy but developments south of the border frequently influence thinking here, sometimes positively.  We need to watch English developments.  One innovation which requires monitoring is the JCB Academy in Rocester, Shropshire. The JCB-sponsored, £22m, non-selective, co-educational, vocational academy focuses on engineering […]

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For the love of English

For the love of English

For the love of English Given the Scottish government’s emphasis on literacy it is no surprise that the recent debate on Excellence in English was a lively event. Chaired by Marc Lambert of the Scottish Book Trust, the panellists – Lisa Sorbie of Perth High School, Yvonne […]

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Proof that a truly outstanding teacher is never forgotten

Proof that a truly outstanding teacher is never forgotten

Proof that a truly outstanding teacher is never forgotten A memoir of school life in the Sixties and Seventies testifies that some things never change Exactly two years ago my TESS column analysed Janice Galloway’s portrayal of childhood and primary school in her then newly-published memoir, This […]

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A Time of Tyrants, Scotland and the Second World War

A Time of Tyrants, Scotland and the Second World War

            Trevor Royle’s – A Time of Tyrants, Scotland and the Second World War (Birlinn, £25.00) starts symbolically with the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in 1938. Glasgow perceived itself as ‘the second city of the Empire’ and with some legitimacy…..   The […]

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