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Educationalists in the trenches are overruled by PR-led general staff

Educationalists in the trenches are overruled by PR-led general staff

In recent years, school trips to Auschwitz and the battlefields of the 1914-18 War have become common. They provide an unrivalled opportunity for young people to understand the march of history far more tangibly manner than text books or teacher-talk. They offer a unique perspective on the […]

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Professor Anthony John Harmar

Professor Anthony John Harmar

Professor Anthony John Harmar Wednesday 30 April 2014 Professor of pharmacology Born: November 28, 1951; Died: April 10, 2014 TONY Harmar, who has died aged 62, was emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a personal chair in pharmacology in 2006 and […]

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Are exams undermined by curriculum reform?

SCHOOLS are regularly exhorted to listen and respond to the views of their students. The Herald (4 February 2014) carried a detailed, thoughtful letter from a fourth year Falkirk student criticising the failures of the Curriculum for Excellence exam system, but also stating that curricular content was […]

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Adversity in diversity

Adversity in diversity

In November 2011 Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy set up a Commission on School Reform, chaired by Keir Bloomer, to evaluate Scotland’s schools and its young people’s needs. Its report, By Diverse Means, is now published. Scotland’s schools have many strengths, but are […]

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Social Justice Re-examined: review

Social Justice Re-examined: review

Despite our most treasured myths, Scotland remains a profoundly unequal society. Income inequality is rising, child poverty remains intractably stuck.

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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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Classroom crisis

Classroom crisis

As the new school year begins, many teachers are pessimistic and angry Something is seriously wrong when one of Scotland’s most able, and normally upbeat, secondary headteachers states: “I cannot recall a time when teacher morale was so low.” As a former head, still active in the […]

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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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Much to gain from improved teaching methods

In 1979 Michael Rutter published the seminal book Fifteen Thousand Hours. That’s the amount of time a child spends in school, and his assertion seems obvious, but in 1979 it was radical. Different schools influence differentially how well children perform: some schools do better than others. The […]

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THE ENGLISH PATIENT Key subject is ailing as exams fail to address grammar and vocabulary failings

THE ENGLISH PATIENT  Key subject is ailing as exams fail to address grammar and vocabulary failings

The debate on the quality of English teaching has raged since English became a school subject.  Is the balance between the traditional canon and contemporary  literature wrong?  Have formal language skills been jettisoned for creativity?  Is English being ‘dumbed down’? As a retired English teacher and school […]

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