Analysis: Why industry, not education, is at the heart of Scotland’s productivity problem
A new Scottish Productivity Index provides an insight into the Scottish economy’s major structural weaknesses which induce a low-rate of output per hour worked – tackling the problem will mean moving past failed dogmas, Ben Wray finds
Hilary Long: Children are unhappy - we need a wellbeing curriculum for schools
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at a new report on the unhappiness of children in the UK, and makes the case for a well-being approach to the curriculum where a ‘good’ school is not defined by its exam results
IT HAS been one unforgettable week in British politics with the proroguing of parliament and I joined other citizens in Scotland in George Square to protest and defend democracy. It was wonderful to see a display of intergenerational action against Boris Johnson and the Westminster parliament.
Hilary Long: School's back - but what's the rush?
As many four and five year old’s in Scotland start their first day at school, CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long argues that we are rushing them into formal education too early based on antiquated legislation that is long overdue for reform
THIS week small children aged four and five will be entering the door of the “big school”. It’s a day of mixed emotions for children and their families as they transition from the play environment of the nursery into the more formal learning of the primary school.
#SNP19 fringes: Teachers urge action on pupil indiscipline while farmers union and Scottish Government clash over Brexit
Fringe events at the first day of the SNP’s Edinburgh Spring conference sees the NASUWT teachers’ union air discontent on discipline in schools, while the Common Agricultural Policy spurs debate