Tag: Benchmarking

Attainment Gap Revisited

Once again, the Scottish Government has outlined that the reduction in the attainment gap is its absolute focus. Nicola Sturgeon spoke again today about her commitment to this following another fairly negative report on Scottish...

The Attainment Gap

You have to admire any politician who puts education at the heart of their personal agenda and when that politician is the First Minister then you suspect there will be a number of people whose...

Standardised Testing in Scottish Schools

I am sitting at my desk listening to the statement from Nicola Sturgeon regarding education and am shaking my head in utter bewilderment. Let me say from the outset that I have been fairly vocal...

Scottish Review Excerpt

The Kafkaesque surveillance of our schools: Walter Humes As Scottish schools re-opened last week after the summer holidays, a rather unusual event took place. Amid the excitement of the start of the new session, a dissident voice was...

Best Days of Your Life?

Published, in full, The Herald, Thursday 14th August 2014 Do you remember the old adage about your school experience as being ‘the best days of your life’? I do, and they were. What I remember...

Scotland’s Heads to Face ‘Leadership’ Training

Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that from 2018 all new Head Teachers will require to have passed a Masters’ Qualification in Headship is an interesting move. She insists that having ‘the best qualified’ people in charge will...