Tag: schools

Tackling Youth Unemployment – identifying young people at risk

First things first this is the last time that Ill use the word NEET (Not in Education, Training or Employment). Imagine being a 17 year old, leaving school and being labelled in the negative. It […]

The Teacher, The Social Media Site and The Public

Here we are, advancing steadily into 2012. I find it slightly amusing if not frustrating that my first post this year is based on the use of scoial media by teachers. Forgive the title – […]

Scottish Education – The Front End vs The Back End

Following from my previous article, here are some random ramblings on Curriculum for Excellence. I’ll produce another article later this week with my concluding thoughts. Mixed messages and a lack of clarity around the broader […]

Lecturing, Guest Speaking, Advice or Coffee?

As well as teaching at my own institution, I have decided to take a bigger part in the development of my field both in a professional and public context. You can read more about my […]

The Scottish Learning Festival – Dead or Alive?

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival (Twitter #SLF11) is likely to be one to remember – either for better or worse. To be held on 21st and 22nd September, the theme is Curriculum for Excellence: Learning, […]

Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness = Improving Student Learning

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) will hold its fall conference on teaching and learning entitled “Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness = Improving Student Learning” from October 28-30, 2011, in Las Vegas, United States. The […]

The 16+ Learning Choices Data Hub

Through policy, I have given a clear commitment to young people about the routes on offer to education, employment and training – and the support that they can expect, when they reach the end of […]

16+ Learning Choices and The Senior Phase Curriculum

These are my own views! The following indicators are not exhaustive; they illustrate potential areas which Education Scotland may wish to review within schools. These could inform the basis of a local report or similar […]

Measuring the Impact of Education Reform: Developing an appropriate performance framework

I recently wrote an article which explored the concept of measuring education reform by developing an appropriate performance framework to analyse outcomes. Originally, I intended to write this in two parts, but instead I have integrated […]

Supporting all young people into positive and sustained destinations

I created this diagram back in 2010, which I used during a presentation on 16+ Learning Choices and the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence. The conference was held at Celtic Park Football Club in […]

Reach to Teach

Reach to Teach (R2T) is a UK charity with an established platform to deliver primary education to the tribal (Adivasi) peoples of Gujarat in North West India. Funding 104 small village schools, R2T uses a […]

What makes an excellent self-evaluating school?

There are a number of factors that make a self-evaluating school excellent. Here, I have tried to list the most obvious ones, though there are many which could be included that I have omitted. The […]

Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession

The OECD has recently published a document Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession – Lessons from around the world, which was commissioned as a background report for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. The report […]

Post-16 Interventions – Global Discussion

The Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) is a function of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated at the 2005 World Summit. Its purpose is to assess annual progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) […]

Slides from last year’s National Conference on post-16 learning

In February and March of 2010, Learning and Teaching Scotland hosted a series of conferences with the Scottish Government to support the implementation of 16+ Learning Choices for every young person in the Senior Phase […]

Learning & Teaching in 2011

Thanks to those colleagues who left comments or emailed me directly. I find it really useful to hear from those who practice on the front line; it’s very easy to lose sight of the practical […]

Learning & Teaching in 2011 – What’s important & what’s not?

This is my last post for 2010! It seems a bit weird stating that I won’t write another until next year, though of course that isn’t far away! I have a favour to ask from […]

Education & Service Synergy – Curriculum Change for the 21st Century

Following my recent series of articles on Service Synergy, I have produced a more dynamic document which pulls all the chapters together: The need for change Public value and living within our means A 21st […]

How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better

I’ve just had a read through the McKinsey & Company report on How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better. What an  interesting read! There are two versions; an executive summary and the […]

UNESCO-IBE: CoP Paper on Assessment

  Annual E-Forum 2010: The Role of Assessment in Promoting the Development of Student’s Competencies 22 November Week 1 – Reflective Paper on Assessment in Scotland The following article is taken from my paper on […]

National Framework for supporting learners

Supporting learners within the framework A national framework for all practitioners and partners, in every setting, aiming to help in supporting learners from early years to positive, sustained destinations. The publication ‘Supporting learners – from […]

UNESCO-IBE Annual Forum on Education Assessment

United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation – International Bureau of Education Annual Forum – “The Role of Assessment in Promoting the Development of Student’s Competencies”  22 November-10 December 2010‏ The IBE Community of Practice in […]

A 21st Century School – The Big Picture

Having completed the series on A 21st Century School, I wanted to quickly write down a brief note which pulls all elements together. I’m not going to re-write what I have already typed; I’ll simply […]

A 21st Century School – Structure and Process

A 21st Century curriculum is about personalisation and relevance to the individual. A custom pathway which will provide all young people with a network of support, information, advice and guidance leading to a positive destination […]

A 21st Century School – Culture

Culture is necessary for a healthy society; ethos delivers the values, principles and attitudes of an organisation or individual. The ethos within a school is important. It equips today’s young people with an ability to […]

Education and Service Synergy Part 2 – Living within Our Means

On October 11th, I wrote an article on Service Synergy – a series of articles on public service integration. This is Part 2, which I’ll call ‘Living Within Our Means’. Although timely with the recent […]

A 21st Century School Part 2 – The Need for Change

I decided to write this article for a number of reasons. Firstly, and probably the most obvious, I wanted to challenge tradition and stimulate discussion around what seems be an ever increasing topic of conversation, […]

The best work in education?

‘Those creating a senior phase curriculum should devise a model geared towards supporting a sustained positive destination for every pupil in their care, irrespective of ability or any other socio-economic factor… Some of the best […]

Scottish Lib Dems publish pre-election manifesto

Scottish Lib Dems published their pre-election manifesto last week and it talks about “restoring Scotland’s reputation for excellence in education” by giving power to headteachers; opportunities for parents; and introducing a pupil premium.