A comp education is a great one

13th November 2015 at 00:00

It is interesting that as we celebrate 50 years since the creation of Scotland’s comprehensive schools (Insight, 6 November), we are hearing a call for this very successful model to be eroded.

Extensive new research published by academics at the University of Edinburgh highlights the many successes of Scotland’s comprehensive system and the benefits it has offered – and continues to offer – to young people from all backgrounds and in all parts of the country.

The evidence of the recent Scottish Qualifications Authority exam diet shows that Scottish education is performing well, with record passes. Although challenges remain, the narrative is a positive one.

There continues to be very strong support – from parents, teachers and others with an interest in education – for a Scottish comprehensive model that is designed to ensure that all young people, no matter what their background, have equal access to a quality educational experience that is appropriate for their needs.

There is little or no enthusiasm, within the EIS union or elsewhere in the Scottish education community, for the ideologically driven, market-oriented approach to education that continues to be promoted south of the border.

Larry Flanagan

General secretary, EIS

Short and tweet

Schools should be places of joy.


How about all of us in Scottish education drop our own agendas and reconsider school education from the ground up?


@robfmac More assessment. That’s what I say. Then assess the assessment and assess those who assess the assessment that assesses the assessment.


Enemies of creativity: 1 self doubt; 2 group think; 3 abundance of resources; 4 no deadlines; 5 propensity to blame; 6 indifference; 7 big egos.


Totally bowled over by our #Urdu teachers in Glasgow. Wonderful support to learners and community. #braw


I’m available to present at your education conference if your education conference is in Bermuda.


The true leader knows that great myths are more motivating than facts. And death threats. Those are motivating too. #mondaymotivation



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