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The structure of learning

The structure of learning

Hard economic times have an impact on schools, usually, but not inevitably, for the worse. A recent conference on the links between learning and the spaces in which it occurs, illustrated innovative responses to keeping our school estate in working order, to replacing buildings no longer fit-for-purpose, […]

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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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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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The Strange Death of Labour Scotland by Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw

WITH its echoes of Dangerfield’s 1935 work on Liberal England, this book has an odd title. Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw question both the concept of “Labour Scotland” and the finality of its decease but, by focusing on Labour’s decline, have produced a telling analysis of the […]

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Time to pay tribute to a man who grasped what made teachers and their schools tick

We have all known educationalists who inspired and motivated us.  For me one of these was Fraser Henderson, Lothian Region’s  former Depute Director of Education.  Fraser Henderson died on the 1st of May.  Fraser Henderson was a light-touch manager.  In the 1990s I was managing a support […]

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Fraser Henderson

Education director and sport enthusiast Born: November 26, 1936: Died: May 1, 2012. Fraser Henderson,who has died aged 75, was a pioneering PE teacher and talented rugby player and office bearer who became a senior education authority official. Born in Galashiels but raised in Edinburgh, he attended […]

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Too close to call

Scotland goes to the polls on May 3.  Head Alex Wood looks at what the parties are saying when it comes to education.   Next week’s council elections are unique in that they will be held, for the first time, under the single transferable vote system and […]

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Closure U-turn

Edinburgh’s proposals to close 22 schools, three of them secondaries, has collapsed almost as quickly as it arose.   The SNP, group on the City Council, coalition partners with the Liberals, announced that it was withdrawing all support from the Council’s agreed programme to close schools only […]

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The cost of cutbacks

Edinburgh headteachers were last month asked by the council to enter an exercise in ranking “priorities for saving” – not so much turkeys being asked to vote for Christmas, as being asked to decide their preferred form of slaughter. Edinburgh, like many Scottish councils, implemented serious cuts […]

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To the polls

The Scottish local elections on 3rd May have aroused little interest.  The parties insist that the issues are local but only two aspects of the electoral tussle have grabbed the pundits. Will Labour, after bitter in-fighting, finally lose control of Glasgow and will the overall results boost […]

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