Headmaster's Blog

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...

In Defence of Independent Schools

Published, The Scotsman, 12 November 2013 Sir John Major’s assertion that “it is ‘truly shocking’ that the private-school educated and affluent middle class still run Britain”, certainly resonates with me. I completely understand why there...

Homework in Primary Schools

Published as an Interview, Scotland on Sunday, October 13th, 2013 Published as an Interview, Daily Mail, Monday October 14th, 2013 Published in whole, Edinburgh Evening News, Tuesday October 15th, 2013   The issue of homework...

To Defer or not to Defer

Local authorities in Scotland, and particularly the one in Edinburgh, are currently encouraging fewer deferrals amongst our youngest pupils who are earmarked for going into Primary 1 in August. There has been a significant push...

Grouping By Ability

Published as an interview, The Scotsman, Tuesday 7th May 2013 ‘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...

What Constitutes ‘Bullying’?

Published as an interview, The Scotsman, Friday, 10th January, 2013 I am becoming a little concerned about the use of the word ‘bullying’ and all the negative connotations that word naturally evokes. There seems to...

Scotland’s Shame

Albeit old news, it is heartening to be reminded that the Government’s school-building programme is underway and on course to develop school buildings, fit for purpose. However, it should not be buildings’ refurbishment that is...

Learning Lessons from Abroad

Mike Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education, has been on a fact-finding mission to view the Swedish model of education, following Don Ledingham’s superb attempts at bringing more localised powers to the schools of East Lothian....