Headmaster's Blog

When One Door Closes…

Well, I am sure that all of those involved in Scottish Education slept a little bit sounder yesterday evening following some ‘cutting edge’ policy decisions. The new Cabinet Secretary for Education, Shirley-Anne Somerville, announced a...

Post-Lockdown – the need for ‘tough love’

Throughout my career in education, I have always tried to advocate for children. However, I felt powerless when it came to protecting children from their enforced seclusion during lockdown. And now, in a post-lockdown world,...

Teacher Stress

I read with interest the front-page story in today’s Herald newspaper (Schools Crisis: Number of teachers off with stress soars; Tuesday, 4th May 2021), regarding the increasing numbers of teachers absent because of stress. Many...

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...