Archive for October 2013

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

We need to keep our eyes on educational developments in England, to watch, analyse and learn. In April the Governors of Pimlico Primary, a newly established ‘free school’ in Westminster, appointed a new headteacher.  Annaliese Briggs was appointed as the head while still studying for her postgraduate […]

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Dealing with impossible dilemmas

Dealing with impossible dilemmas

Leadership is a much-lauded educational trait. Former headteacher at Crieff, McLaren High and Lornshill, and a driving force behind the Scottish Qualification for Headship, Danny Murphy, has thoroughly credible leadership credentials.

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A matter of faith

A matter of faith

The crisis at Kirktenholme Primary in East Kilbride is one aspect of the increasing disputes over religion in schools. cash loans by western union In Kirktenholme the job-sharing headteachers have been suspended from duty following parental complaints over religious literature distributed in the school.  The books advocate […]

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Boycott the box-ticking

Boycott the box-ticking

A well-respected Scottish headteacher recently managed both to shock and amuse me. We’ll call him David.  I’m certainly not going to name him or his authority. David received a call from education HQ.  “We don’t have a copy of your Learning and Teaching policy.” David’s reply was […]

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Linlithgow Book Festival

Linlithgow Book Festival

The Linlithgow Book Festival for 2013 promises once again to bring a range of superb Scottish writers to town to discuss their work and engage with readers.  The Book Festival is sponsored by local companies Palimpsest Publishers, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Book Sanctuary, The Line […]

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Inclusive philanthropy

Inclusive philanthropy

Professor Lindsay Paterson’s paper for the Scottish government, advocating a national system of philanthropically financed bursaries for outstanding students, has hit the Scottish headlines.  His paper concedes that the dilemma is “how to balance rigour and equity” but has been criticised as reinforcing exiting inequalities. Professor Paterson, […]

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