John Swinney accused of defying the will of parliament by pressing ahead with standardised testing for P1's
Following the publication of a review into his flagship education reform, Swinney announced that the Scottish National Standardised Assessments would continue with “important modifications”
‘Completely unacceptable’: John Swinney condemns Home Office following reports of children detained at Dungavel
Reports that child refugees are still being held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre almost a decade after the Home Office announced an end to the policy have led to fresh calls for the devolution of asylum powers
Analysis: John Swinney has questions to answer over Israel-Palestine education resources fiasco
The Scottish Government appears to have given up on providing educational resources on Israel-Palestine for Scotland’s schools. In that failure of leadership the buck stops with the Education Secretary, Ben Wray finds.
IT’S four years and two months exactly since CommonSpace reported on educational material being used at a school in North Lanarkshire caricaturing Palestinians as separatist terrorists.
EIS confident of an ‘overwhelming rejection’ of final pay offer by members
Teachers union general secretary argues Scottish Government underspend could settle pay claim “with cash to spare”
THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND (EIS) is confident of both a large turnout and an “overwhelming rejection” by its members of the latest pay offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA, ahead of the opening of a ballot on the matter tomorrow (30 October).
'Why no independent review before P1 testing began?': Questions raised over timing of announcement
Opposition parties claim the Deputy First Minister had continued to “defy” the will of the Scottish Parliament, which voted to end P1 testing
A LEADING campaigner against standardised assessment of primary ones has questioned John Swinney’s decision to launch an independent review over one year after testing of four and five year olds began, arguing there was no solid evidence base for the policy when it was introduced.
Israel-Palestine education: Pressure grows as cross party MSPs set to ‘express concern’ in letter
“Quality assured” Education Scotland resources on Israel-Palestine were removed in May 2017 and a review into the resources was paused in August 2018
THE convenors of the Scottish Parliament’s cross party group on Palestine are to write to the Deputy First Minister in search of answers about the three year saga over Israel-Palestine educational resources for Scotland’s schools.
Analysis: When lobbying power and the false pursuit of consensus trumps learning
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says the deputy First Minister John Swinney should consider his handling of the Israel-Palestine learning and teaching resources three year saga, and ask himself whether he has badly let down Scotland’s Palestinian community
OUR story on the three year saga over the development of Israel-Palestine educational resources in Scotland is revealing of two fundamental problems.