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A matter of faith

A matter of faith

The crisis at Kirktenholme Primary in East Kilbride is one aspect of the increasing disputes over religion in schools. cash loans by western union In Kirktenholme the job-sharing headteachers have been suspended from duty following parental complaints over religious literature distributed in the school.  The books advocate […]

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Boycott the box-ticking

Boycott the box-ticking

A well-respected Scottish headteacher recently managed both to shock and amuse me. We’ll call him David.  I’m certainly not going to name him or his authority. David received a call from education HQ.  “We don’t have a copy of your Learning and Teaching policy.” David’s reply was […]

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Linlithgow Book Festival

Linlithgow Book Festival

The Linlithgow Book Festival for 2013 promises once again to bring a range of superb Scottish writers to town to discuss their work and engage with readers.  The Book Festival is sponsored by local companies Palimpsest Publishers, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Book Sanctuary, The Line […]

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Inclusive philanthropy

Inclusive philanthropy

Professor Lindsay Paterson’s paper for the Scottish government, advocating a national system of philanthropically financed bursaries for outstanding students, has hit the Scottish headlines.  His paper concedes that the dilemma is “how to balance rigour and equity” but has been criticised as reinforcing exiting inequalities. Professor Paterson, […]

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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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Labours of love

Labours of love

  I was recently engaged in a discussion about the value of early years education.  Countless interesting points arose, including this question: “Do you think there may be any circumstances where ‘professional love’, ‘attachment’ and ‘passion’ could be appropriate or inappropriate in early years settings?”

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Road to the Referendum: adult classes

New term, new adult classes, and this term I’m leading a new (and exciting class) at Wester Hailes on Wednesdays and at Royston Wardieburn on , ROAD TO THE REFERENDUM. These courses will identify, discuss and debate the big issues which will shape attitudes in Scotland as […]

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We must not be afraid to ask the dangerous questions

We must not be afraid to ask the dangerous questions

A new year is underway, but our education system still refuses to ask the most important, and most dangerous, questions. We need to re-engage with the big issues, says Alex Wood. Nothing comes close to the wonderful buzz which committed teachers feel when they see new first […]

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The minister answers

The minister answers

When former headteacher and SecEd editorial board member Alex Wood met Scotland’s cabinet secretary for education, topics for discussion ranged from the Curriculum for Excellence and wellbeing to inspection and recruiting new school leaders. 

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A coincidence that leaves me worried about our lives

A coincidence that  leaves me worried  about our lives

Perhaps I shouldn’t read too much into the coincidence but I’ve had almost exactly the same experience twice in the last fortnight and I’m concerned. The first occasion was at Waverley Station entering from Market Street. As ever the place was awash with travellers in a hurry. […]

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