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Hugh MacKenzie: a man with big ideas

Hugh MacKenzie: a man with big ideas

Hugh MacKenzie, headteacher at Craigroyston Community High School from 1972 until 1993, died recently in Edinburgh. Hugh played a major part in making comprehensive education work. A follower of A S Neill of Summerhill and of the psychologist, Wilhelm Reich, he offered a progressive role model for […]

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Find your Family Roots 2

Here’s some advice for using ScotlandsPeople for beginners in family history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lCGo27nH1E

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Find Your Family Roots 1

I’ve produced a video to support you in starting to explore your family history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6SKFwIQEFY&t=3s

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Thresholds – Roddy Simpson

Thresholds is a series of lyrical, black and white photographs, taken between 1994 and the present, by Roddy Simpson, a photographer, photo-historian, writer and lecturer who lives in Linlithgow. His engagement with, and exploration of, place, means the locations stretch from his home area of Linlithgow across Scotland, […]

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Fifty years of comprehensive education…

Fifty years of comprehensive education… Written by: Alex Wood | Published: 25 August 2015 In 1965, local authorities were invited to put forward plans for ending selective education. Fifty years on and Alex Wood considers, from the Scottish point of view, how the comprehensive system has developed […]

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THE MCKILLS OF DUMFRIES AN 18TH CENTURY SCOTTISH TRADE FAMILY

Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies University of Strathclyde Alex Wood 2013-2014 ABSTRACT The Scottish name McKill is almost unique to Galloway and Dumfriesshire. It appears in Dumfries prior to, but is common there throughout, the 18th century. Robert McKill, residing in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire, in […]

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Witness of our damaged souls

Witness of our damaged souls

Glen Lyon Kenneth Steven Birlinn, £7.99 The first novel by poet, translator, short story writer and children’s author, Kenneth Steven opens ambiguously.   Somerled Stewart arrives in an isolated Highland glen, fashions a primitive shelter, and ultimately a farm, with an axe, his one possession.   No land-owner seems to […]

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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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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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Why are we afraid of comprehensive education?

Why are we afraid of comprehensive education?

I recently watched Dominic Sandbrook’s series, The 1970s. Sandbrook was right. Margaret Thatcher did not create the rampant, and continuing, individualism of the 1980s. Rather she articulated and made coherent a long-developing consumerist ethos. Sandbrook’s glimpse into our recent past was perhaps at its most perceptive when he […]

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