Archives: Headmaster Blogs

A renaissance for Scottish Education

I am delighted that Mr Swinney did his ‘about turn’ regarding this year’s exam results. When a politician changes his mind in the face of revolt, I applaud him. The situation in England is made...

I Award the SQA a FAIL – Part 2

I still haven’t calmed down. I want to add a few points to my article from yesterday. The SQA is a Government Agency that polices itself. There is no external scrutiny. This lack of accountability...

I award the SQA a FAIL

I am beyond angry. The SQA is in its infinite wisdom appears to know our pupils better than we do. There were 436 presentations in the school this session and of those 138 were downgraded....

First Minister’s Questions

I have come to the conclusion that it is not good for my mental health to watch First Minister’s Questions from the Scottish Parliament when the topic being discussed is Education. However, despite these genuine...

The SQA – fit for purpose?

I don’t think there is any doubt that our education system is quite stressed currently. This is largely to do with workload and the undeniable increase in paperwork brought about by a plethora of accountability...

Changing Direction

I am, first and foremost, a teacher and I have been teaching children for 30 years and I think about the art of teaching almost daily, creating my own philosophy of education that now appears...

Do You Value Education/Value Teachers?

It would appear that we are at something of a crossroads in the world of Scottish Education. For the first time since the 80s we appear close to a period of industrial action. So, what...

Michelin-Star Education….please!

Schools develop well when differences are not only tolerated but also welcomed. We live in an age where society, or perhaps government, seeks to ensure consistency, but in so doing, parameters are inadvertently set that...

The Good School is to be Assessed…by?

When you look at Scottish Education at the moment (indeed UK education) I get the feeling that we do not ask ourselves what the purpose of school actually is. If you follow our current thinking...