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Education

Time for big changes and a revolution in responsibility – Gillian Bell

As schools start to return in Scotland today, perhaps it’s a time for some reflection. What will it take for society to recognise, celebrate and support neurodiversity?    To say that we personally have been through the mill in trying to navigate a hugely complicated system is an understatement.   It has taken 5 years to get …

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Education

Should we be worried about the frequency of school inspections? – Keir Bloomer

Earlier in the week, the Press carried a number of stories with headlines such as “No inspections carried out at 33 Glasgow primary schools in last decade”; not exactly snappy but the implication is clear.  Readers are obviously expected to deplore this failing on the part of the government or the Inspectorate.  The reason for …

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Education

The need for educational data – Lindsay Paterson

The Scottish government announced a few days ago that no data would be collected this year on children’s progress and attainment in primary schools and early secondary. The Educational Institute of Scotland, the main trade union of teachers, welcomed this as a helpful step. This suspicion of statistics in the Scottish educational establishment is not a sudden …

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COVID

‘Blended learning’ or ‘part-time schooling’? – Keir Bloomer

Schools in Scotland are to re-open for pupils in mid-August using ‘blended learning’.  This new piece of jargon is a potentially misleading attempt to suggest that more will be on offer than part-time attendance at school. There is no suggestion that blended learning is something positive.  It is not, for example, a sign that something …

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COVID

Will coronavirus make rocks melt in the sun? – Jonathan Simons

The Covid-19 global health pandemic has placed Scottish universities under significant financial pressure. In common with universities in the rest of the UK, they are facing what is inevitably termed a ‘financial black hole’ from loss of conference and accommodation income this summer, and fears that international student numbers will drop dramatically for the academic …

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Residential Outdoor

We are now going through another period of heightened awareness about human impact on the environment. Proposed solutions tend to be change driven: change technologies (more use of renewable, driverless cars) or change behaviour (travel less, use less, recycle more). As is often the case, if older people feel these changes are imposed upon them, …

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Education

If our universities area bailed out, the price is reform – Daniel Johnson MSP

The responses by governments to the Covid-19 crisis in recent and coming weeks will fill history books and be analysed and interpreted for years to come. There are no real parallels or precedents. The credit crunch and great depression provide lessons but only incompletely. This is primarily a health crisis but one that looks likely …

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Education

The need for more coherent thinking about teaching & learning – Carole Ford

During the current cessation of normal schooling many teachers have found the time, and energy, to read and comment on educational research.  Much of the comment relates to new methodologies and the latest trends in educational thinking.  As I read the research, and the associated comment, I am forcefully struck by two perennial features of …

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