Opposition to "ridiculous" posts
SSTA regional representatives opposed the Scottish Education Department's green paper on the promotions structure, revealing deep scepticism about guidance posts. JM McGlashan, Larbert High, did not deny pupils had problems requiring guidance, but doubted this could be given by teachers. RG Harris, Armadale Academy, said it was ridiculous to train a specialist teacher for years, then set him up as an authority on children's careers, hobbies or problems.
Who is wearing the trousers?
Comment: We have still to hear of a school with the sense to encourage female teachers to wear trousers on the premises. The practical advantages of trouser suits are ignored in the infant room. We have, however, noticed an increasing tendency for teachers attending courses to assert their emancipation by turning up in elegant trouser outfits - though here secondary women seem less adventurous than primary colleagues.
Studies no bar to cup final
An intense university challenge will take place at Wembley tomorrow when Arsenal and Liverpool meet in the FA Cup final. Professional players with higher education are rare indeed. For Arsenal there is Bob Wilson, ex- Loughborough College of Education. For Liverpool there are Warwick University graduate Steve Heighway, and Brian Hall, once of Liverpool University.
Industry sceptical about education
Industry is unhappy about its relationship with FE colleges, said JJ McArdle, depute head of Kingussie High. When industry sent an employee on day release or training, it looked for a return in increased efficiency. Some might disagree with this outlook, but it was the privilege of a body which spent hundreds of pounds per year per pupil at FE colleges.
Times Higher in the making
Times Newspapers Limited intends to launch a weekly newspaper for higher education later this year. It will offer news and features for teachers and administrators in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, and act as a national noticeboard where academic appointments can be advertised.