Archive for June 2012

The tools used by school inspectors biased in favour of affluence

Serious questions have been raised on the validity of one of the major statistical tools used in judging performance in Scottish secondary schools. It had been long understood that it was meaningless to compare all schools against each other in respect of examination results. It was clear […]

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Three types of poor teachers

Scottish schools are cooperative institutions.  Management and staff work together.  The term ‘collegial’ encompasses the ethos which has improved how Scottish schools operate. Brian McAlinden, former Headteacher of Castlemilk High School, has however put the managerial cat among the educational pigeons.  He has suggested that teachers should […]

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Follow the leader

One hundred and thirty Scottish educationalists packed the Stirling Management Centre for the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration’s conference entitled Leading the Successful School. The main presentation was by Professor David Hopkins, former UK government adviser on school improvement. David Hopkins was clear: “I’ve never […]

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Soldier Ancestor

Soldier Ancestor

My grandfather, like myself and my father, Alexander Wood, died when I was an infant. I easily traced his vital records but apart from these and a few of my father’s tales, I knew little about him.  He was born on 30th July 1893 in Rose Street, […]

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Labour needs to ask: Is Scotland a nation?

Labour needs to ask: Is Scotland a nation?     The independence campaign has officially started. Over the next two years the positions of politicians will meld and change. Already several former Labour Party activists, including a few heavy-weights such as Denis Canavan and John McAllion, have […]

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Keeping the faith

Parity of esteem was the theme of a recent Humanist Society-sponsored conference on Religious Observance and Religious Education. Clare Marsh, Education Officer of the Humanist Society Scotland, outlined the findings of a recent YouGov survey of a 1000 Scottish parents. • Parents are not fully aware of […]

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Time to pay tribute to a man who grasped what made teachers and their schools tick

We have all known educationalists who inspired and motivated us.  For me one of these was Fraser Henderson, Lothian Region’s  former Depute Director of Education.  Fraser Henderson died on the 1st of May.  Fraser Henderson was a light-touch manager.  In the 1990s I was managing a support […]

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Fraser Henderson

Education director and sport enthusiast Born: November 26, 1936: Died: May 1, 2012. Fraser Henderson,who has died aged 75, was a pioneering PE teacher and talented rugby player and office bearer who became a senior education authority official. Born in Galashiels but raised in Edinburgh, he attended […]

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