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“Select” Universities

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Head's Blog | Comments Off

Published, Edinburgh Evening News, August 6, 2011 So, only three Edinburgh secondaries have made it into a UK poll revealing the state schools which send the most pupils to the country’s best universities – despite Scottish schools dominating almost half the list. The Capital falls behind other Scottish local authorities, including Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, taking just three of the top slots. A total of 49 Scottish schools make the top 100. There are seven...

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Team Teaching – the facts

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Head's Blog | Comments Off

Published, Edinburgh Evening News, 26 April, 2011 I am a big fan of ‘team teaching’. So what do I understand that term to mean and why do I support its underlying philosophy? Teaching is actually quite a solitary profession where there is often a lack of opportunity to reflect and evaluate our own performance. We can find ourselves teaching a similar curriculum year after year, often in the same school (perhaps even in the same classroom) over a long period of time. There is an inherent...

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Head Teachers Could Face Hard Financial Lessons

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Head's Blog | Comments Off

Published Edinburgh Evening News, Tuesday 7th December 2010 Education Secretary, Mike Russell, announced he plans more powers for Head Teachers under a review of devolved school management (DSM) to include a review of devolved education funding. He has asked David Cameron, former President of the Association of Directors of Education, to chair this review. Russell says of the DSM review: “This will include looking at what education funding is devolved to head teachers, how much flexibility...

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Independent School Pupil Numbers 2010

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Head's Blog | Comments Off

Published in The Scotsman, Thursday, 21st October, 2010 The independent schools’ sector has seen a 2.5% decrease in pupil numbers in the Primary years and a 0.9% increase in the Secondary years over the last twelve months. The oft-quoted reason for this is that external economic influences are curtailing the parents’ ability or desire to fund an independent education in their child’s early years. Personally, I do not believe that this argument really stands up to any serious scrutiny. If...

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Handwriting – Neither Here nor There

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Head's Blog | Comments Off

Published Scotland on Sunday, 17th October, 2010 When I was wee, and at the local primary school, handwriting was not taught. In fact, it wasn’t even discussed. This was in the early days of ‘open plan’ comprehensives, where we all wore white polyester polo necks and fetching purple jumpers and where the teachers were either hippies or dyed-in-the-wool dinosaurs. It was a strange mix of people, of methods and of general educational philosophy. So did the lack of being taught a formal...

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St. Margaret’s Demise a One-off

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Head's Blog | Comments Off

Published as an interview, Scotland on Sunday, 12th September, 2010 Small Schools – The Issues The demise of St. Margaret’s School in Edinburgh has often been perceived as the result of being a small school. This is to hugely simplify the real situation, which was actually to do with a progressively falling roll coupled with an increase in costs. Actually, most small schools, are completely financially secure because their rolls are static or, in most cases, seeing a gradual increase....

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