Praise the authority and pass the ammunition

4th March 2005 at 00:00
A television news item about the award of the best ever HMIE report on an education authority has provoked a curious spat between the director of education and one of Scotland's leading education academics.

John Wilson, East Renfrewshire's director, has taken exception to comments by Brian Boyd of Strathclyde University who questioned HMIE's process of inspecting authorities. He suggested that it focused too much on testing and examination results rather than whether schools were "educating the whole child".

Mr Wilson has written a letter of complaint to Professor Boyd and copied it to a number of other parties as well as issuing a press release headlined "Education chief throws down gauntlet to academic", which challenged Professor Boyd to accompany him on a visit to any of his schools.

Professor Boyd, well-known for his advocacy of ideas such as emotional literacy and mind-mapping techniques, told BBC's Reporting Scotland: "We need to look at recognising the achievements across the board and not have a narrow focus on things that can lead to league tables."

He told The TES Scotland he did not want to "get into a public slanging match" but felt Mr Wilson's response had been "disproportionate".

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland 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


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now