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A Man’s Game

A Man’s Game

In Scotland, we write books with big moral purposes: Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Jekyll and Hyde, The House with the Green Shutters.  Edinburgh-based writer, Alan Ness, has pulled off an unusual literary coup. His first novel, A Man’s Game, succeeds in addressing huge ethical issues but […]

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The Attainment Challenge: What is the purpose of testing?

The Attainment Challenge: What is the purpose of testing?

Forty-three years ago, August 1973, I was a fresh-faced probationer, attending my first in-service day of my first teaching post in one of Edinburgh’s newly created comprehensive schools. The first agenda item, after the introduction of new staff, was the Higher and O grade results. The rigorous […]

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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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Schooling Scotland

Schooling Scotland

Danny Murphy was headteacher in Crieff High, Lornshill High and McLaren Academy. He was crucial in establishing the Scottish Qualification for Headship and has written thoughtfully but incisively on Scottish educational dilemmas. His new work, Schooling Scotland (Argyll Publishing) is the latest in the Postcards from Scotland […]

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A bitterness over the reforms?

A bitterness over the reforms?

In the supermarket recently I was surveyed on my shopping experience. After the usual questions about ranges of products and value for money, the employee from the marketing company carrying out the survey, having checked my age, finally asked my occupation. “Retired, at least semi-retired,” I responded. […]

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Advice for young teachers

Advice for young teachers

Forty-two years ago, having newly graduated, I commenced a post-graduate Diploma in Education course at Edinburgh University to qualify as an English teacher. My older daughter, having worked in retail management for the five years since graduating, has newly started the same process at Glasgow University. I […]

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Education a key battleground in debate on Scottish independence

Education a key battleground in debate on Scottish independence

The Scottish and English education systems have always been separate. Knox’s aim of a school in every parish was never comprehensively achieved but the concept of education accessible to all children irrespective of family wealth has long been part of the Scottish educational tradition. Scottish universities were […]

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Snake oil and ladders

Snake oil and ladders

The assumption is often made that good schools always have good leaders and poor leaders always create poor schools. A recent seminar in Glasgow addressed the issue, asking what leadership is and how we can ensure good leadership. Former headteacher Danny Murphy insisted that leadership had been […]

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The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The following piece appears as a chapter in Alan Bissett’s and Alasdair McKillop’s excellent collection of essays, ‘Born Under a Union Flag’, published by Luath. The book explores cultural and religious identity in Scotland, how these identities relate to football and their impact on the current constitutional […]

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