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What makes a good teacher?

What makes a good teacher?

A recent High Court ruling in Scotland has re-opened the debate about the entry levels we should maintain for the teaching profession. Alex Wood asks what makes a good teacher. A High Court ruling in Edinburgh has over-turned the refusal of the General Teaching Council of Scotland […]

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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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Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful

The contemporary world of schools induces contrary emotions. Some days I’m a grumpy old man: other days I have wings on my heels. A former colleague, a much respected headteacher, summed it up when I recently visited his school. “School’s great. The kids are great. The staff […]

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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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A licence to teach

It’s again time for Scottish educationalists to peep over the Border, this time at Tristram Hunt and Anthony Seldon. Teachers should be licensed and could be sacked if they fail tough professional checks, asserted Hunt, Labour’s Westminster education spokesperson. “Just like lawyers and doctors they should have […]

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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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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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To boldly go….

In December one of Scotland’s major local authorities circulated its staff with an appeal to “Share your BOLD ideas”. Staff were reminded that “we need to make significant savings and deliver better services with fewer resources. As demand for our services grows, we need to look closely […]

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How do we define success?

Determined to Succeed was the 2002 Scottish Government’s review of education for work and enterprise. It is also the title of a newly-published book (Kevin Murphy and Neil McLennan, Lulu, RPP £14.99) distributed to school students in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The foreword by David Cameron (the real […]

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No more heroes

A recent report from the US (Miami Herald, December 29, 2013) reminded us of inspiring teachers. Miami maths teacher, Teresita Lemus, was recently named one of 10 Nobel Educators of the Year by the National Society of High School Scholars. “I’m not teaching them calculus, I’m teaching […]

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