Archive for March 2013

Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression

The great problem with human rights is that one human right can conflict with another.  These conflicts can become pressing issues in schools. Exercising religion, the right to worship freely but also the right to express religious views, is a basic right.   When a society legislates, […]

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Purposeful outdoor education

Purposeful outdoor education

Over 40 years in education I never doubted the value of out-of-class learning.  From study weekends in Glasgow (for Edinburgh youngsters) to outdoor Highland adventures to international exchanges with a school in South Africa, the benefits were always apparent.  They supported applied, practical learning in real-life situations.  […]

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When heads wore denim and CND badges

When heads wore denim and CND badges

The ‘comprehensive’ age was young, and a scarcity of jobs for teachers seemed worlds away Having started teaching in 1973, retiral beckons. I went to university knowing that I wanted to teach. One reason was that my school, Paisley Grammar, in the 1960s had several inspiring teachers. […]

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The vanished Scotland of Matt McGinn

The vanished Scotland of Matt McGinn

Last week I attended a tribute concert to Matt McGinn. It was the 13th year that Linlithgow Folk Festival has started its year with a fundraiser based on McGinn’s music. Several of the Scottish folk scene’s well-established singers and groups joined local talent to entertain a packed […]

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Adversity in diversity

Adversity in diversity

In November 2011 Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy set up a Commission on School Reform, chaired by Keir Bloomer, to evaluate Scotland’s schools and its young people’s needs. Its report, By Diverse Means, is now published. Scotland’s schools have many strengths, but are […]

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Creating Inclusive Schools

Creating Inclusive Schools

Creating Inclusive Schools 24 April 2013, Edinburgh Early bird deadline 22 March 2013   This workshop will considerkey issues around the theme of inclusivity and focus delegates on practical means of developing an inclusive school ethos.   Delegates will explore developing professional attitudes and perspectives on inclusion, […]

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Diversity is no panacea

Diversity is no panacea

Diversity is the key to improving Scottish education – so say Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. Their Commission on School Reform examined Scottish schooling.  It included many of the best thinkers and practitioners in Scottish schools and public service, including Judith McClure, Peter […]

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Ideas to encourage wellbeing

Ideas to encourage wellbeing

Society faces significant problems with poor physical and mental health and schools cannot escape the problem. 

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Don’t look away: bullying of LGBT pupils must be tackled

Don’t look away: bullying of LGBT pupils must be tackled

Learn from schools that demonstrate good practice in handling prejudice and follow these teachers’ lead

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The four stages of leadership

The four stages of leadership

Tim Brighouse delivers an engaging and enlightening address to the ACTS conference

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