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What are the chances?

Got selected for jury duty today at Dundee Sheriff Court. This is not much of a surprise as I have been called four times and never selected so it was just a matter of time. The real surprise is that my colleague Derek Robertson not only had a citation for the same day but was selected for the same jury. I was picked out 2nd and Derek was 4th out of the 15. The one good thing about jury duty (apart from the important civic duty that it represents) is that I have a very good reason for.
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Out of the office again

Another interesting day away from my desk and my inbox. Started off meeting my two programme directors, Ian Graham (Schools ICT) and Marie Dougan (Glow), in the IKEA cafe on my way to Haddington. Ian, Marie and I try to meet up at least once a week to plan, discuss issues and generally catch-up. Rather than have a fixed meeting in the diary we try to fit in with our other appointments and this week IKEA was the best bet. On our agenda was end of year finances, content strategy for Glow, staffing requirements for next year, priorities for the.
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After another busy week

A good week over and sitting at my kitchen table with a glass of beer listening to Van Morrison and trying to stay out of the way of the teenagers on a sleepover. Covered a few miles this week but it's always great to get out and about even if that means not being able to service the demands of my inbox. The long trip to Torquay was really worthwhile. It gave me a (brief) chance to catch-up with developments in England. Listen to a seminar on OFSTED's findings about ICT. Find out how our progress with Glow compares. Not to.
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Another Busy Week

Early start on Monday for our Corporate Management Team in Glasgow. CMT covered a wide range of issues including corporate risk, staff pay, leadership and Glow. I then had to dash back home for a 4.30 S2 parents evening. I used to organise these events when I was an assistant head and I always enjoy the experience of sitting on the other side of the table as a parent. Still not convinced schools have got the right model for parental consultation but the constraints on teacher's time mean that pragmatism rules. Tuesday was a morning in Dundee followed by a drive.
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What’s on the agenda this week?

Just finishing off a long weekend and feeling great. Managed to play golf, take one daughter swimming, play badminton with the other one, watch a dismal game of footie at Tannadice and take our dog out for a couple of long walks in the country. For a change I managed to escape from my inbox and get some respite from work related tasks. This is always a difficult time of year at work. Despite having secured the flexibility of programme funding for ICT and Glow we are still very much in the public sector and end up having to deal with.
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P6 Visit to the Scottish Parliament

Parliament WindowsMeant to post this one as couple of weeks ago. I was the lucky parent helper chosen to visit the Scottish Parliament with two P6 classes on 1 February. Apart from school buses with 5 seats in each row and seat belts not much has changed since I was in P6 ... maybe the teachers look a bit younger than I remember :-) Anyway the highlight of the day for the pupils was not getting to sit in their MSP Shona Robison's chair or getting a guided tour round the wonderful building but the spectacle.
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A Day in the Stirling Management Centre

Left home at 0715 and remembered to take my jacket with me this morning :-) Work started just after 0845 meeting Sally Fulton, Education Officer with Stirling Council and chair of the influential local authority ICT advisers network SICTDG. Sally wanted to update me on Glow funding issues and get a general update on progress. Next was the LTS Advisory Council. The first major item was led by Carolyn Hutchison on 'Recognising Wider Achievement'. How do we re-balance schooling to ensure that attainment is located broadly within the context of the wider achievements of children and young people? How do we ensure.
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Sun Ray at West Calder High School

Had an interesting meeting today in West Calder High School in West Lothian. On way down I remembered that I had left my suit jacket and tie hanging in the hall at home. I managed to pick up a tie from my mother on the way to West Calder and then borrowed a pen from Allan Ryan as I dropped into to meet Graham Donaldson of HMIe. The meeting at West Calder High School was looking at an implementation of Sun Ray technology being tried out by West Lothian Council in partnership with Sun Microsystems. The model.
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February Already?

January seems to have flashed past. Xmas and New Year are always busy, followed by most of a week in London at BETT, then my great friend and colleague John Connell left for a new post with CISCO, followed by the recently retired Stuart Robertson returning on short-term contract to help organise the Learning Festival ... Meanwhile the end of the financial year approaches and we need to complete tasks, meet deadlines, chase invoices, deliver programmes and of course re-engineer our business processes . All fantastic stuff and I get paid to do this too :-) My football team, Hibs, have.
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Back to Work and off to BETT

Back to work today in Glasgow and straight back into the thick of it. I took the full fortnight off this year and really feel the benefit of the extra couple of days - think I may turn this into a tradition and relive the years when I enjoyed school holidays as a teacher. For the rest of the week I will be in London at the BETT Show. BETT has become the largest educational event in the UK (or so emap the organisers claim) with over 700 exhibitors and large numbers of visitors over the four days making.
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