I agree with every point of the (Scottish Conservative) manifesto, apart from the pound;4,000 graduate contribution, since having a degree doesn't necessarily mean better job prospects any more. Charging this amount per year would be too much of a risky investment, in my opinion.
It is one of the great ironies of the education system that we spend so much time devising, implementing and monitoring anti-bullying policies to protect pupils and, yet, officialdom is so quick to play down, deny and cover up staff bullying in the same setting.
At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, I have this horrible sneaky feeling that the present pay and conditions furore is just the start of a much bigger attack and that the McCormac Review has been co- opted into the whole thing as part of an expanding revision of our pay and conditions.
The concept that excellence could ever be "implemented" was always going to be entirely erroneous. I think that CfE has provided very many teachers with the opportunity to provide the educational experiences they've long known they needed to be delivering but felt unable to. We still need to resolve some key outstanding issues but ultimately Scotland has taken a very important step in the right direction.
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