Category: Politics

System to blame for bad behaviour in Scots’ schools

System to blame for bad behaviour in Scots’ schools

The standard of behaviour among children in Scotland’s schools is plummeting, a conference has been told. Delegates attending this year’s Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) conference spoke in doom-laden terms about the nation’s education. We can agree that the educational system is under pressure in Scotland due to Covid lockdowns and the problems of ‘unmotivated students with…

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Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

When Tony Blair came to power in 1997, he famously said that his government’s priority would be ‘education, education, education.’ But what kind of education did he mean? The answer was simple: a university education. His target was to send half the nation’s students to university – and it’s been achieved. But what did Tony…

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Unqualified teachers are on the National Tutoring Programme

Unqualified teachers are on the National Tutoring Programme

The majority of organisations involved in the government’s National Tutoring Programme don’t use qualified teachers, we have discovered. Our research looked into the 32 providers on the programme and only six state on their websites that they use teachers to deliver learning. The scheme, in theory, is sound – children have lagged behind in their…

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Why schools must remain open

Why schools must remain open

For once both main political parties agree on one thing – that schools shouldn’t be closed. And they are right. Children have spent six months out of school already this year and further time missing classes could see irreversible harm to their education. Those who are affected most are the less able and the disadvantaged…

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Budget gives welcome boost to FE colleges but education needs major reform

Budget gives welcome boost to FE colleges but education needs major reform

In the current economic uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus crisis, education was never going to be the main focus of yesterday’s Budget. I was pleased to see the funding initiatives that were in there – from investment in FE colleges to scrapping the reading tax – but I’m hoping to see more radical reform over…

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