25 Years Ago

18th October 1996 at 01:00
The school-leaving age is being raised to 16 in September 1972, and the SED will be setting out the legislative framework in about a week's time. Last weekend Edinburgh headteachers met for a residential weekend to discuss aspects of RSLA: Dundee heads have been closeted in a Perthshire hotel all this week on the same business.

This week, too, the BBC came north on a promotions tour for its RSLA series of 20 programmes aimed at teachers. Suddenly, RSLA has become the EEC of education, a topic of monumental importance on which people must be informed, discussion of which, however, is monumentally boring.

* Justification of her decision to spend more on primary school building, successful defence of the proposed raising of the school age and an appeal to local education authorities to consider having smaller comprehensive schools were among the main features of the speech by Mrs Thatcher, Secretary of State for Education and Science, to the Conservative party conference in Brighton last week.

Mr John Schofield of Stretford, pointing out that almost every county in England was Tory controlled, bitterly attacked Conservative chairmen who did not follow Mrs Thatcher but their chief education officers. "And," he added amid thunderous applause, "most chief education officers are disciples of (Labour's) Mr Edward Short."

* Modern studies teachers who attend tomorrow's conference at Jordanhill College have the chance to become founder members of a new professional organisation. Because of the growth of interest in the subject and the increasing number of teachers qualifying in this field, it has been decided to start up a Modern Studies Association to promote their views and interests.

It is not envisaged as a pressure group for improved status but rather as a meeting ground where teachers can exchange ideas.


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