Friday again already

Another interesting week that seems to have flashed past very quickly.

Five mornings and three afternoons in Glasgow as well as afternoons in Edinburgh and Dundee. A lot of time taken up with internal LTS meetings; Glow and Schools ICT programme boards, corporate management team etc. An interesting meeting in Edinburgh Council’s new offices in Waverley Court to discuss personal ICT (The Learning Hubs project) and agree the next steps. Also chaired my first meeting of The Scottish Learning Festival steering group and was delighted to see that programme is just about ready with Stephen Heppell, Michael Fullan and Mick Waters already signed-up and over 150 seminar presenters secured.
Out of the office the main news was the BBC Trust decision to suspend BBC Jam. My former colleague John Connell has posted on the subject and there is not much more I can add. The £150m of wonderful digital content that was promised appears to have been lost for the moment. It will be interesting to see what happens to resources promised to support Gaelic, modern studies and other aspects of the curriculum in Scotland.

HMIe launched a report on ICT in Learning and Teaching today on the Anderson High School website. Disappointingly The Scotsman and The Herald both led on ‘ICT fails to raise attainment’. I think they have missed the point and the video clip of Graham Donaldson’s introduction is worth watching as it gives a much broader perspective on progress to date.

One very sad piece of news last week was that Professor John Sinclair had died suddenly in Florence. LTS has been working with John on a corpus linguistics program for schools over the last five years and we are in the process of piloting a product called PhraseBox right now. At a 73 John was wonderful company and had so much life in him. My thoughts are with his family and friends who I know will miss him terribly.
Anyway enough of work. I am back to Glasgow on Sunday and already biting my fingernails thinking about Hibs in the CIS Cup Final. I just hope the team play well and do themselves justice … and of course win 🙂


  1. Richard Charkin of McMillan seems very pleased with the decision to suspend BBC Jam. I am not convinced that he has a very strong handle on education if he thinks it will mean that schools start spending money on his products when they had access to the BBC stuff. I presume there is nothing LTS can do to lend support to the BBC in this area?

  2. NL

    If you have a personal view on this matter then you should make it known to the BBC Trust and get learners to do the same.

    Further details can be found at:

    Contact details for the BBC trust are:

    BBC Trust Unit, Room 211, 35 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4AA
    Telephone 0870 010 3100

  3. Had a great time at the football on Sunday and just for the record Hibs won by 5-1. Listened to ‘Sunshine on Leith’ all week on my iPod 😉