The Scottish Office is pleased as Punch that its message on attendance and absence has at last struck a chord with teachers. Law of averages or shrewd educational leadership? Whichever it is, the Audit Unit's conference at the Central Hotel in Glasgow on Monday was packed out, as was its first effort in Edinburgh late last year. A third conference for school boards is also in the offing.
Gerry Wilson, Secretary of Scottish Office Education and Industry Department, seemed as surprised as everyone else. "It's the Oliver Twist phenomenon - people are asking for more," he observed.
The hotel reception, however, was playing games of Chinese whispers . A noticeboard informed delegates that the conference on "Attendance and Abstinence" was being held upstairs. Presumably, young people would be signing the pledge to attend school: sober.