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Listen and learn

More than 160 school students, teachers and education professionals attended a recent Scottish conference on Student Voice. Insightful young people outlined the relationships, teaching styles, technology and aspirational culture for which they hoped. Teachers and professionals contributed but also listened and learned. Listening to ‘student voice’ is […]

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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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Young ones need kindness, a cuddle and more resources

Young ones need kindness, a cuddle and more resources

I recently did something unusual: I agreed with the educational consensus, in this case that today’s priority should be nursery and pre-school education. I received an unexpected response from a friend who spent her entire working life in nurseries.

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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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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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All this talk of vision and passion is a definite turn-off

All this talk of vision and passion is a definite turn-off

If we are all saying the same thing, are we are all right? Or have we swallowed the same message and regurgitated it simultaneously?

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Pay-by-performance models should be nipped in the bud

Pay-by-performance models should be nipped in the bud

Whatever happened yesterday in the United States reaches England today and Scotland tomorrow. So be warned: performance-related pay for teachers is now on the agenda in the States and England.

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Painful truth: not everyone values health and well-being

Painful truth: not everyone values health and well-being

I recently attended a presentation on health and well-being where an SQA representative explained the new Well-Being Awards. One might question the intellectual rationale behind such an award and whether it will be valued by either employers or tertiary-level educators as an entry qualification. Nonetheless, “an award” […]

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Tick-lists cannot contain our teachers’ top qualities

Tick-lists cannot contain our teachers’ top qualities

Let’s think beyond CVs and interviews about what makes great practitioners

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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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