Scot Govt’s education ‘vision’ in doubt as minister 'lobbies' against government policy on ending private school tax relief in his constituency
Education secretary faces criticism for seeking tax break for local private school despite government scrapping the relief
EDUCATION SECRETARY John Swinney has come under fire for ‘lobbying’ on behalf of a private school in his constituency over concerns that it would no longer receive business rates relief after the government decided to scrap it last year.
The revelation has led to accusations of “hypocrisy” on the part of the education minister and of a lack of “vision” in the Scottish Government over the kind of education system it wants to create.
Timeline: From announcement to boycott - how the Scottish Govt's flagship standardised testing policy became so controversial
Parents urged to opt-out of P1 standardised testing which experts warn could be detrimental to child wellbeing
PRESSURE ON the Scottish Government to reconsider its policy of standardised testing – initially introduced last August – has intensified after five children’s charities, a former Children’s Commissioner for Scotland and teachers’ union Education Institute of Scotland launched a campaign urging parents to withdraw P1 children from the tests.
Back to the blackboard: Education bill’s demise marks a chance for @ScotGov to reflect on its approach, experts say
Education experts say Tories’ ‘keenness’ for education bill may – and should – be cause for Scottish Government’s U-turn
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S decision to shelf its flagship Education Bill has been welcomed by education experts, who argue that important lessons must now be learnt on the government’s approach to education.
Doaa Shabbir: If educational progress is not about uplifting a whole generation, then it is not progress at all
Doaa Shabbir, a 15 year-old school student in Glasgow who recently finished her exams, presents a vision for education which breaks with hierarchies and competitiveness, and sees the uplifting of a whole generation as the meaning of educational progress
IGNORANCE, a nasty aftertaste of the death of ambition, has its origins in a series of systematic failures of the establishment line. The great tragical paradox of Scotland seems to be that while the country was once seen as a giant in the world of education, today the picture seems to be one of harsh disparities.
Exclusive: Scottish Conservatives consulting with controversial Hometown Foundation on education policy
Scottish Conservatives endorse controversial new school provision model
THE MAIN author of the Scottish Conservative party's new education policy is working with a controversial think tank - one of whose leading figures the party once dismissed as "fascist" - in drawing up its education policy.
Scottish Conservatives pursuing autonomous schools model with Hometown Foundation
New education policy document calls for more control for head teachers
THE SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE MSP responsible for the party's newly unveiled education policy has revealed that the the Conservatives are pursuing the controversial state funded autonomous schools model in conjunction with the Hometown Foundation.
Sexuality in schools: LGBTI+ education campaign targets parliament
The campaign for an inclusive education which teaches about the range of human sexualities in school will relay personal stories of discrimination
HOPES that Scotland will reform its approaching to sexuality lessons have received a boost as the Time for Inclusive Education (Tie) campaign has been given the opportunity to make its case to parliament.
Teachers' union condemns re-introduction of standardised tests as "damaging, retrograde step"
EIS union says that new testing regime "not the answer" to the attainment gap
SCOTLAND'S LARGEST teaching union Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has said that the re-introduction of standardised testing is a "damaging, retrograde step".
The union said it shared the government's ambition of closing the 'attainment gap', the difference between the educational achievement of better off and poorer students, but said that standardised testing would not help in that endeavour.