Headmaster's Blog

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....