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A licence to teach

It’s again time for Scottish educationalists to peep over the Border, this time at Tristram Hunt and Anthony Seldon. Teachers should be licensed and could be sacked if they fail tough professional checks, asserted Hunt, Labour’s Westminster education spokesperson. “Just like lawyers and doctors they should have […]

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To boldly go….

In December one of Scotland’s major local authorities circulated its staff with an appeal to “Share your BOLD ideas”. Staff were reminded that “we need to make significant savings and deliver better services with fewer resources. As demand for our services grows, we need to look closely […]

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Are vocational skills the sole purpose of education?

Are vocational skills the sole purpose of education?

A senior civil servant’s recent off-duty comment, about the role of higher education, sent shivers down my spine.  “I can’t see why the tax-payer should pay for young people to study English or History.  Graduates in such disciplines acquire no useful economic skills.” He was not alone.  […]

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Brought to book

Brought to book

It’s that stressful time of year again.  Council budgets are being struck.  While schools will certainly be affected there is another sphere of local authority expenditure reductions which will impact directly on education. Moray Council has already agreed to close seven of its fifteen public libraries.

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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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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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Schools, sex and religion

Schools, sex and religion

A Freedom of Information request from Paul Braterman, a leading Scottish secularist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, to the Headteacher at St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley raises serious issues on sex education in Scotland.   Pamela Stenzel, an American evangelical Christian and sex campaigner, visited […]

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Educating a nation

Educating a nation

Education and schools in Scotland in 1999 seem like a world away from where they are now.  Some of the changes have been for the better; some have not.

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Health and well-being in Scottish schools

Health and well-being in Scottish schools

Healthy Pupils in Healthy Schools was the focus of this year’s Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration Conference. Sergio Della Sala opened the morning with a salutary warning to educationalists on the claims for neuro-scientific validity for a host of educational interventions. Professor Della Sala described […]

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Driving kids crazy

Driving kids crazy

East Lothian Council has established a 300-metre exclusion zone for cars around two primary schools in Haddington during school-run hours.

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