Education and the Future

This week (02.09.20) I attended my first online academic conference. It was a Philosophy of Education postgraduate conference, supported by PESGB and organised by postgraduate researchers Sharon Smith (University of Birmingham) and Laura Watson (University of Winchester). I must admit I was a little doubtful at first about how effective an online conference could beContinue reading “Education and the Future”

The ‘exams debacle’ without exams

On 12th August 2000, the SQA Chief resigned because of the ‘exams debacle’ around Higher Still. The education secretary at the time was resisting calls for resignation. This will sound familiar given the current controversy over the latest SQA results. Ironically, the Opposition education spokesperson leading the calls for the education secretary’s resignation in 2000Continue reading “The ‘exams debacle’ without exams”

Values, equity and social justice

This is the text of a presentation I was due to give at Aberdeen University’s ‘Excellence and Equity’ weekend, 14th and 15th March 2020. Despite valiant efforts to keep the show on the road, it was cancelled, so I said I would challenge myself by spending the time writing up what I was going toContinue reading “Values, equity and social justice”

Citizenship education: confronting inequalities (part 2)

by Gary Walsh This is the second part of a series of blogs I wrote after the NECE 2019 conference (24-27 October, Glasgow) in which I summarise the key points from the presentations and seminars I attended. Click here to read part 1. David Kerr provided a summary of approaches to citizenship education across theContinue reading “Citizenship education: confronting inequalities (part 2)”

Citizenship education: confronting inequalities (part 1)

by Gary Walsh I recently attended the #NECE2019 conference – a yearly event organised by the NECE network (Networking European Citizenship Education). It took place at University of Strathclyde from 24-27 October. Live streamed recordings and other conference materials are available on the NECE website. I decided to write a summary of the key pointsContinue reading “Citizenship education: confronting inequalities (part 1)”

The Emotional Roots of Social Justice

Originally posted on The People's Republic Of Escotia:
Gary with members of the Scottish Youth Parliament Image source: I am a PhD Researcher based at the School of Education in University of Glasgow. My main interests relate to social justice, citizenship education and values. My background is in education, having worked in a…

Neoliberalism and the family: a question of ethics

Originally posted on Reclaiming Schools:
by Pam Jarvis, Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education, Leeds Trinity University Long before my university post, and even before I was a classroom teacher, I was a young mother in Thatcher’s Britain. In my mid-twenties, I had three small children, including twins, with less than three years between them, Thatcher’s…

The Scottish Government’s holistic education policy: a story of profound success or failure?

Originally posted on Paul Cairney: Politics & Public Policy:
The Scottish Government experience of education can give us all a profound lesson, but I’m not yet sure what that lesson will be. The positive lesson might be that you can have a holistic approach to education provision, which has a strategy for childcare, early years,…

Resetting the dial:- 5As for Scottish Education: the answer to all our problems?

Originally posted on neilsgleeeclub:
First and foremost many thanks to those who have emailed, called, DM tweeted and facebooked in response to my first three blogs on the current position on Scottish education. I also got a message from one teacher’s father who said she was greatly inspired by the blogs!  Truly parental engagement!  What…