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Appliance of - whit?

The ever-entertaining bulletin of the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre (SSERC) can always be relied on. The editorial in the latest issue (well, the one that says summer 2004) is penned by its chief John Richardson, currently seconded to improve 5-14 science.

Richardson is nothing if not a man of honest appraisal. "I was invited, a couple of years back, to give a presentation to advisers and inspectors on what makes a good science department tick?

"Having thought hard about this, and having tried and failed to find any notable results of any specific research on the topic, I was forced to conclude that the honest, couthy answer was, still is, that I dinna hae a scooby."

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