Analysis: With teachers and pupils suffering mental ill-health, its time for a total school re-think
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at new figures on mental ill-health for pupils and teachers, and finds excessive exams is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the 20th century thinking which dominates the school system
TIE announce teachers panel to oversee new charity’s school resources and services
The new Teachers Panel will put teachers’ “voices at the heart of TIE”
TIE HAVE announced a new independent Teachers Panel to supervise the development of their school resources and services, as the campaign group moves towards scaling up as a fully fledged charity.
TIE’s three year campaign for LGBT-inclusive education in all Scottish schools won the support of the Scottish Government earlier this month, when Education Minister John Swinney announced that he was accepting all of the recommendations of the implementation group.
'A failed experiment´: Councillor says PPP's have to end as Council reaches settlement over Edinburgh schools scandal
Edinburgh Green councillor Gavin Corbett demands “squeaky clean” management of Edinburgh schools from private finance company
THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP model for building schools and other public infrastructure should be recognised as a “failed experiment”, a Scottish Green councillor has argued following the publication of a report on the draft settlement the City of Edinburgh Council has reached with a private finance consortium following the Edinburgh schools scandal.
Maggie Mellon: @ScotGov is embracing policies which will harm children - I and other feminists will challenge them
Maggie Mellon, feminist campaigner and former social worker specialising in child protection, argues that the Scottish Government has embraced policies on transgender issues which willl harm children, and says an increasing number of women are challenging it
SNP and indy campaigners must avoid rift with trade union movement, leading activists say
George Kerevan said the Scottish Government should meet ‘just pay claims’, even if it means breaking Treasury rules
LEADING SNP activists have urged independence supporters to avoid a rift with the trade union movement, after a week of industrial action and protests which has led to some in the SNP and wider independence movement to question the sincerity of workers’ demands.
'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.