Gaelic glossy inspired my journey to exasperation

26th February 2010 at 00:00

Through your columns, can I thank HMIE for the documents "Gaelic - The Journey to Excellence", which have just arrived in school. I quote from their letter: "I enclose . publications which have been translated into Gaelic: How good is our school?, The Journey to Excellence Parts 1 and 2; How good is our school? Part 3; The Child at the Centre 2; How good is our school?, The Journey to Excellence Part 4; and How good is our school?, The Journey to Excellence leaflets and poster".

Neither I nor any of my staff can read them but, thankfully, we already have the English language versions.

Who in their right mind thought this one up? At a time of diminishing budgets, when schools are struggling for resources, to receive these glossy, obviously expensive and unusable documents leaves me speechless. Please tell me that these didn't go out to all schools in Scotland!

I am sure they could be useful in schools with Gaelic-speaking staff.

John Low, Headteacher, Perth Grammar.

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