Archive for February 2013

Serious student voice

Serious student voice

One criterion by which schools are presently judged is ‘Student Voice’.  It’s a problematic term, one of these abstract generalisations which imply virtue but are too often devoid of concrete meaning. The phrase may be facile: the issues are real. 

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Faculties or Departments: Edinburgh savings made to cut costs

Faculties or Departments: Edinburgh savings made to cut costs

Last month Edinburgh’s Education Committee discussed its reorganisation of secondary school management structures.  By March 2013, the council will have reduced its the 408 Principal Teachers, who previously constituted school middle management, to 206 Curriculum Leader posts. Savings of £2.4 million are estimated, partly achieved by early […]

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Keeping our best teachers

Keeping our best teachers

There has been a flurry of recent interest in the Scottish press over English councils, including Kent, recruiting Scottish teachers. The recruitment firm leading the Kent campaign noted that teachers were among Scotland’s “greatest exports”.  It’s a back-handed compliment but Scottish teachers should be happy to accept […]

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All this talk of vision and passion is a definite turn-off

All this talk of vision and passion is a definite turn-off

If we are all saying the same thing, are we are all right? Or have we swallowed the same message and regurgitated it simultaneously?

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