The bill might or might not be in the post…

Planned education legislation might have been shelved, but it is still hanging over the sector

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When is a bill not a bill?

That sounds like the set-up to a joke, so what’s the punchline? Amid the furore surrounding some of the questions in the new Scottish National Standardised Assessments, you might expect the response to be “when it’s a beak” (see bit.ly/BeakSNSA). But no, I’m talking about a different activity just before this year’s summer break that sets up the punchline: “When it’s an education bill.”

For the past two years, we seem to have been on an express train with no stops and no junctions; a train heading towards legislation in pursuit of the Scottish government’s vision of ...

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