Presidential sweet

It was good to see incoming Educational Institute of Scotland president Alana Ross in such fine form when she welcomed guests from what the union still quaintly calls "kindred organisations" to its annual dinner in the Dundee Hilton last Wednesday.

Clearly rooted in the classroom, Ross spoke of her regret that all her colleagues from Ruchazie primary in Glasgow could not be there to witness her investiture. "So I thought, who can I invite that would be least likely to be missed, and that's why I asked along my headteacher Bill Newell."

With Education Minister Cathy Jamieson sitting alongside her, el presidente referred to a discussion session she once had with her pupils. "Now this was before 5-14," she said, "so you can assume that no education whatsoever was taking place, not a strand or an outcome in sight."

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