Archive for May 2012

Two hours compulsory PE in Scottish schools

Peter Peacock, Scotland’s education minister, is currently reviewing a proposal to make compulsory in Scottish schools a minimum of two hours a week of  physical education or physical activities.  Given that 15% of secondary students are obese or very overweight, it goes without saying that the health […]

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Edgate: Europe united

Education gate, commonly abbreviated to EdGATE, is  a  Europe-wide  network  of  educationalists  and related professionals, who exchange good practice in a range of areas. The network is funded by the European Union, and it is hoped that it will support economic growth. The identified priority areas are […]

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West Lothian writer hits the watershed

Peter Wright is a well-known character in Linlithgow and in the wider Lothians. Aged 64, he lives in Linlithow and is one of a diminishing number of people who left school (legitimately), at the age of 14. After a Liberal Studies course atNewbattle AbbeyCollege he set out on a […]

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Death of a Chief by Douglas Watt: review

Douglas Watt lives in Linlithgow with his wife Julie and their three children. He is the author of The Price of Scotland: Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations“, a history of the Darien Disaster and Parliamentary Union between Scotland and England as well as a published […]

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The Ladies of the Line

The Line Gallery in Linlithgow has a new exhibition running until 8th June and it is headlined by a local artist. Colin Wilson was born in Falkirk but has spent of his life in Linlithgow.  A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Colin blurs the […]

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Challenging Scottish education

John MacBeath, Cambridge’s Emeritus Professor of Education Leadership and formerly Director of Strathclyde University’s Quality in Education Centre, has written a challenging piece on Scottish school effectiveness.  In ‘Challenging the Orthodoxy’, his chapter in School Effectiveness and Improvement*, Professor MacBeath warns against idealising  Scottish education. He also […]

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In My Own Time

Alex Wood, former head, now working at the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration Books My recent reading has been a familiarisation with the work of James Robertson. I started with the ambitious And the Land Lay Still (which effectively spanned my lifetime), before reading The […]

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The Chieftains: Voice of Ages

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s great folk music band, The Chieftains. Today only Paddy Moloney remains of the original Chieftains but the tradition marches on, changes but remains true to itself. The new album, Voice of Ages, fulfils that wonderful promise of merging tradition and modernity and […]

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No tolerance of second rate

The focus of the Scottish Executive’s drive towards excellence in education remains the sharing and development of good practice but the Leadership Conference of SELMAS (Scottish Educationa Leadership, Management and Administration Society) in Glasgow on 8th September heard a clear warning from both the Inspectorate and the […]

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Too close to call

Scotland goes to the polls on May 3.  Head Alex Wood looks at what the parties are saying when it comes to education.   Next week’s council elections are unique in that they will be held, for the first time, under the single transferable vote system and […]

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