Archives: Headmaster Blogs

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...

Announcement Regarding Clifton Hall Nursery

13 February 2019 Dear Parents It is with a heavy heart that Clifton Hall School has decided to terminate its Pre-School Partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, effective from the academic session 2020 onwards,...

Scotland Needs to Rethink its Educational Model

I’m very proud of Scotland; I’m proud of its history and its heritage. I’m proud of its innovative past. And when we look at our great inventors I am struck by something which caught me...

End Primary School Ability Grouping Now!

For more than 30 years, primary schools have been in the habit of grouping children according to ability. So, in almost every primary up and down the country we find spelling groups, reading groups and...

Leadership of the Angry

We live in strange times, particularly in the political sense. We are undergoing a period of upheaval and, for many, upheaval and change instigate fear. That is a perfectly normal and human reaction to facing...

Do you remember the teacher that made the difference?

When taking part in teacher training days, I often pose the question, ‘What is the most important aspect of being a teacher?’ That’s a tricky question because most will look for a professional, academic response...