Publications

Tackling inequality at source

Tackling inequality at source

Poverty is a continuing reality in contemporary Scotland. Seventeen per cent of our people and 20 per cent of our children live in poverty. Despite legislation, child poverty persists, its pernicious effect on children’s life chances remaining largely unaltered.

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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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Dealing with homophobia and discrimination

Dealing with homophobia and discrimination

Alex Wood discusses discrimination against LGBT young people in Scotland, which research has shown is more common than elsewhere in the UK.

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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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Mobile phones vs discipline

Mobile phones vs discipline

The Scottish government’s recent report on behaviour in Scottish schools has elicited the responses which might be expected. At the same time its key contents have been ignored.

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If developing school students’ literacy is a key policy then teacher training providers face a major challenge

If developing school students’ literacy is a key policy then teacher training providers face a major challenge

One of Curriculum for Excellence’s strengths has been its focus on literacy. “Competence and confidence in literacy, including competence in grammar, spelling and the spoken word, are essential for progress in all areas of the curriculum. Because of this, all teachers have responsibility for promoting language and […]

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Mitch Albom: The Time Keeper – a review

Mitch Albom: The Time Keeper – a review

I came across Mitch Albom’s novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven some six years ago.  It was the first novel which I had picked up and read in one sitting for a long time.  That was a credit to the moral premises at its heart: […]

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The Angel that Troubled the Water: exhibition – review

The Angel that Troubled the Water: exhibition – review

Linlithgow’s Line Gallery has opened its seventeenth Christmas exhibition, The Angel that Troubled the Waters, as teasing a title as ever might be imagined for a Christmas show. Perhaps, however, it refers simply to the several portrayals of angels – by Martin Williams, Marjorie Crooks and Hephzibah Kilbride […]

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Young Writers win awards at Linlithgow Book Festival

Young Writers win awards at Linlithgow Book Festival

Last week, at the Linlithgow Book Festival, the prizes for the 2012-2013 Young Writers Competition were presented by Scots Makar, Liz Lochead. 

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Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Linlithgow-based Peter Wright has launched his new book, Walking with Wildness (Luath, RPP £7.99), a guide to walking the Scottish watershed. He produced his first book, Ribbon of Wildness in which he explored the Scottish watershed, in 2010.  It was, for Scotland, a geographical experiment, a review of the topography, the […]

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