Best days of their lives

16th December 2005 at 00:00
By way of introduction to The TES Scotland conversations, chair Ewan Aitken does a little turn when he asks each participant to tell everybody about their best memory of school.

At the most recent event in Glasgow, Alan McLean, educational psychologist in the city, said his was being taught by John Mulgrew, director of education in East Ayrshire. Is a job coming up?

Mulgrew himself said his was the one and only school prize he won, a book called The Road to Nowhere. Bernard McLeary, chief executive of Learning and Teaching Scotland, recalled "coming 17th in the cross-country run and thereby ending my PE education".

Finally Gordon Matheson, deputy convener of education with Glasgow City Council, said it was the look on Jim McVittie's face, when the then head of the St Stephen's High in Port Glasgow saw the junior secondary's debating team beat the posher all-through schools.

As usual, being an academic star was nowhere mentioned. Such memories.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today