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What future for the school librarian?

What future for the school librarian?

Edinburgh Council has found itself in the middle of a major spat over proposals to reduce librarians in schools. The proposal is to rationalise library provision by moving secondary school library resources into public libraries, reduce the number of school librarians by 50% and subsume the school […]

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Do you care about your pupils?

Do you care about your pupils?

Amid the daily grind of teaching, philosophy can seem esoteric, a luxury.  The exams, marking homework, classroom management, are what seem to matter, but teachers need to return to first principles.  They need to know why they do what they do.

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Rowena Arshad appointed as Head of School at Moray House

Rowena Arshad appointed as Head of School at Moray House

Edinburgh University has appointed Dr Rowena Arshad, OBE, as Head of the Moray House School of Education. She is currently Head of the Institute for Education, Community and Society at Moray House, and replaces Cara Aitchison, who spent a relatively brief three years at Edinburgh and has […]

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New Head of School appointed at Moray House

New Head of School appointed at Moray House

Dr Rowena Arshad, currently Head of Edinburgh University’s Institute for Education, Community and Society has been appointed by the University as Head of Moray House School of Education and took over that prestigious post on 1st April.

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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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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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Nodding heads: Any head who can be moved at the whim of the authority will become the council’s kept-person

Nodding heads: Any head who can be moved at the whim of the authority will become the council’s kept-person

Moving headteachers and deputes to a new school every five to seven years, as an “appointment to the authority rather than a school”, is the City of Edinburgh’s most recent proposal. Donald Macdonald, headteacher at James Gillespie’s High School and chairperson of the Edinburgh secondary heads, has […]

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Drift and indecision are the worst part of school closures

Drift and indecision are the worst part of school closures

The City of Edinburgh Council has initiated the statutory consultation prior to the proposed closure of Craigmillar’s Castlebrae High. No other Edinburgh school closures are proposed. In August 2007, the newly elected Liberal-SNP coalition mooted plans to close 26 schools, three of them secondaries, one of which […]

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Power to the People: Edinburgh grabs adult learning initiative

Power to the People: Edinburgh grabs adult learning initiative

In June 2011, the North Edinburgh Social History Group published Never Give Up, an illustrated history of a community’s fight for social justice.  A huge success, it deomstrated the often unseen, certainly unheralded, capacity of communities to improve the lives of their citizens and to create local […]

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Mum’s Birthday

Mum’s Birthday

Mum’s Birthday is an award-winning troubling, moving, life-affirming movie, made in Edinburgh by local talent and now short-listed for a further major international award.  Written and directed by Graham Fitzpatrick and produced by Sarah Drummond at Pilton Video, this short (38 minutes) film tells the story of […]

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