Online Opinion

22nd June 2012 at 01:00
Readers respond to articles on the TESS website

Where you live still determines success (15 June)

Bill Maxwell, chief executive of Education Scotland, said: "Establishing this benchmark is an important step. It means that, in the future, we will be able to compare progress on the proportion of schools and pre-school centres receiving positive inspection reports."

Have we not been benchmarking progress for 20 years now? Or do we just recalibrate when it gets embarrassing? Obviously with the deprivation and percentage of Neets not reducing, what we are doing is not working. Poverty is not an excuse, but it is a reason, and aspiration and hope for the future is an incredibly powerful motivator.


Call for curriculum rethink (8 June)

Watched Mr Russell dismissing the report as not being completed by anyone who knows about education. Either he has not read the list or was venturing into the area of mistruths.


EIS chief tells Russell to 'start listening' (8 June)

I wasn't at the EIS AGM this year but I was the author of the motion to retain the chartered teacher grade and I am delighted to see Alan has pursued the matter in his AGM speech.

The bid to end chartered teachers shows all that is bad in education management - no thought, no care, just contempt.

I hope Russell will listen to the right people, though - teachers and those elected to speak on behalf of their colleagues - not managers who want to wreck teaching as a profession.

Ian McCrone

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a TES/ TESS subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


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 today