Podcast: James McEnaney on why Scotland needs a new exploration
In this CommonSpace podcast, CS editor Ben Wray interviews James McEnaney, education journalist and college lecturer about his soon-to-be published book A Scottish Journey: Personal Impressions of Scotland.
THE NEW BOOK is a record of James' trip on his motorbike around Scotland earlier this year, shining a light on communities often ignored.
Scottish Government urged to abandon ‘cruel’ standardised testing following accounts of pupils’ distress
Feedback to the new tests submitted by teachers has been described by the Educational Institute of Scotland as ‘grim reading’
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has faced fresh calls to abolish its new regime of standardised testing after feedback from teachers raised concerns about the assessments’ impact on the mental health of young children.
EIS warns new national tests may lead to league tables
Scotland’s largest teachers’ union threatens industrial action over data gathered by standardised testing
THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND (EIS), Scotland’s largest teachers’ union, has said it may sanction any Scottish council that attempts to publish data from individual schools gathered by new national standardised tests.
EIS also warned that its members may disrupt the tests themselves if such data collection is attempted by councils, who would be breaking nationally agreed guidelines on how such tests should be administered.
Scottish Government renews focus on education, including controversial reforms
Education reforms unveiled in the Programme for Government won’t raise standards and will centralise power, says critic
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, in its 2017-18 Programme for Government, has confirmed it is pressing ahead with several controversial education reforms in its attempt to close the attainment gap, despite criticism of the proposed policies from education experts and political opponents.
James McEnaney: It’s the turnout, stupid
CommonSpace columnist James McEnaney says ultimately it’s Scottish independence and the SNP that will lose out if voter turnout goes back on the decline
HAVING reached an extraordinary 84.6 per cent during the Scottish independence referendum, and holding up at a more than respectable 71.1 per cent during the 2015 General Election, turnout in the recent Holyrood election plummeted to a mere 55.6 per cent.
Explainer: Are Sturgeon's education reforms a return to the bad old days?
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced new plans to standardise testing across Scottish primary schools and into secondary school
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has announced in her programme for government the re-introduction of standardised testing in primary school and early years at secondary school.
The new tests will be introduced for primary one, four, and seven and third year in secondary school, as part of what Sturgeon called "a new National Improvement Framework".