Jottee - It's all too confusing

11th September 2009 at 01:00

Deep in the bowels of Government HQ in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, they're wrestling with A Curriculum for Excellence. Specifically, they know how easy it is to measure successful learners - but how on Earth to judge confidence, effectiveness and responsibility?

A tale from Inverclyde may have provided a eureka moment. A primary head tells us of a conversation she had with a P7 lad when schools went back last month.

"You know how it's raining today, so I had to come to school in a taxi," he began. "And remember the Curriculum for Excellence trophy I was awarded at the summer prize-giving and you told me to bring back on the first day? Well, I left it in the taxi!"

We'd say this fellow is a confident individual, but is he a responsible one? Perhaps he has not made an effective contribution to society. Maybe he's an unsuccessful learner but believes he can contribute confidently. It's all terribly confusing.

On the move

Angus Council has gone down the route of employing transition teachers - primary teachers who teach in secondary some of the time (usually in the maths department), but who also liaise with feeder primary schools. These teachers are known as "the trannies".

Credit cruncher

Only those with incisive intellects should attempt this: (a) the SQA has shortened its appeals deadline to two days after most school pupils came back from their holidays; (b) the SQA now charges pound;55 per "late appeal". Show that (a) is related to (b). Answers to head honcho Janet Brown.

Ah yes, you can take the girl out of Scottish Enterprise but you can't take enterprise out of the girl.

Munro bragging

Those who periodically pore over the pages of Debrett's People of Today may have noticed that the latest edition has 14 headteachers in it. There's only one new Scottish education entrant, alas - Andrew Hunter, head of Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.

Also new is a fellow well-known to Scottish secondary heads - John Dunford, the genial general secretary of their sister organisation in England, the Association of School and College Leaders.

The publisher describes its tome as including "the 25,000 most influential and successful people in the UK". This could be the very reason the editor of TES Scotland finds himself in such august company.

Seat of learning

They'll be living in the lap of luxury in Inverurie Academy next year - or sitting on it, to be precise. Aberdeenshire Council has just agreed to upgrade the pupil toilets - at a cost of pound;197,900. That should be a relief.

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