EIS confident of an ‘overwhelming rejection’ of final pay offer by members
Teachers union general secretary argues Scottish Government underspend could settle pay claim “with cash to spare”
THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND (EIS) is confident of both a large turnout and an “overwhelming rejection” by its members of the latest pay offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA, ahead of the opening of a ballot on the matter tomorrow (30 October).
'Why no independent review before P1 testing began?': Questions raised over timing of announcement
Opposition parties claim the Deputy First Minister had continued to “defy” the will of the Scottish Parliament, which voted to end P1 testing
A LEADING campaigner against standardised assessment of primary ones has questioned John Swinney’s decision to launch an independent review over one year after testing of four and five year olds began, arguing there was no solid evidence base for the policy when it was introduced.
Israel-Palestine education: Pressure grows as cross party MSPs set to ‘express concern’ in letter
“Quality assured” Education Scotland resources on Israel-Palestine were removed in May 2017 and a review into the resources was paused in August 2018
THE convenors of the Scottish Parliament’s cross party group on Palestine are to write to the Deputy First Minister in search of answers about the three year saga over Israel-Palestine educational resources for Scotland’s schools.
Analysis: When lobbying power and the false pursuit of consensus trumps learning
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says the deputy First Minister John Swinney should consider his handling of the Israel-Palestine learning and teaching resources three year saga, and ask himself whether he has badly let down Scotland’s Palestinian community
OUR story on the three year saga over the development of Israel-Palestine educational resources in Scotland is revealing of two fundamental problems.
Revealed: Swinney shuts down Israel-Palestine school resources after lobbying pressure
The Israel-Palestine educational resources had already been ‘quality approved’ by Education Scotland before being removed as a learning and teaching resource
THE deputy First Minister removed Education Scotland approved educational resources on Israel-Palestine after pressure from Jewish and pro-Israeli lobby groups, CommonSpace can reveal.
Exclusive: Campaigners call on Scottish Govt to release legal advice on testing
It remains unknown what legal advice the Scottish Government received on parents’ rights to opt out of the new national standardised tests, or whether it supports their position
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has been urged to release legal advice regarding parents' rights to opt out of controversial standardised tests, after an FOI confirmed that Ministers have received legal advice.
Hilary Long: Tackling poverty outside the school gates is the best route to addressing educational disadvantage
Hilary Long, coordinator of the Upstart Glasgow network and CommonSpace columnist, says the answer to addressing the educational attainment gap is found outside of the school gates – the Scottish Government should forget testing P1’s and focus on tackling poverty
‘Cut your losses’, Greens tell John Swinney, as standardised testing is debated in parliament
EIS say evidence is contrary to Education Minister’s claim that Standardised Testing is “integral to everyday learning”
SCOTTISH GREENS education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has told Education Minister John Swinney that he should “cut his losses” over the Scottish Government’s controversial standardised testing policy for schools, and at least scrap it for P1’s.
Hilary Long: John Swinney should do the right thing for Scotland’s children – scrap the tests
Hilary Long, co-ordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and member of Common Weal Glasgow, argues that Education Minister John Swinney should scrap the controversial standardised testing policy and recognise that for young children, assessments of this kind will only induce fear, frustration and anxiety