Tag Archives: Curriculum for Excellence

Holyrood Magazine – Fertile Minds

Holyrood I was interviewed recently by Keri Sutherland of Holyrood Magazine as a contribution to article she was writing on creativity in education. Full article under the title  'Fertile Minds' was published in the latest edition. See below a selection of quotes from me:
"... schools were designed for (a particular) age – we still haven’t moved on very much. We live in very rapidly changing times. I would argue we live in times that are changing more rapidly and more turbulently than has ever been the case in human history." “The.
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The Scottish Learning Festival 2008

SLF08 Keynote Speakers One of the great jobs I have in LTS is leading the Scottish Learning Festival. The event is now in it's 9th year and has evolved from being an exclusive ICT event into the major national showcase for Scottish Education. SLF2008 takes place over two days, 24 and 25 September, in Glasgow's SECC. This year the event will be opened by Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hislop and the SLF programme will feature international keynote speakers, 150 seminars and an exhibition of educational resources. The main theme of this year's.
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Work Experience

The highlight of last week was having my 15 year old daughter on work experience with me. Apart from exposing her to a couple of very long days commuting between Broughty Ferry and Glasgow I think she really enjoyed it (but probably not half as much as I did). Her week included: * Meeting my boss, LTS Chief Executive Bernard McLeary to get an overview of the work of LTS. * Software testing/quality assurance for a virtual work experience product we are working on with Careers Scotland (now part of Skills Development Scotland). .
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Connected 20 – Glow Interview

Connected 20

I was interviewed recently on Glow by Whitelight Media for Connected 20. The questions came from our readers see below for my best attempt at answers. Viewpoint: Laurie O'Donnell

You have been quoted as saying that Glow is the most ambitious education ICT project in the world.

How are we doing so far? We are putting in place the world’s first national schools intranet, and that’s a very ambitious programme. Glow is an attempt.
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OECD Review of National Policies for Education: Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland – 3 Implications: Moving Towards ‘My Curriculum for Excellence’

If the findings of the OECD report are generally accepted then the main implication for LTS lies around the development of the curriculum. I remember reading a policy document many years ago (must dig it out, but I think it was from HMI) which made the claim that the main cause of indiscipline/disruption in school is the ‘design and presentation’ of the curriculum.

My reading of the OECD report is that the main reason that too many of our young people fail at school lies in the design and presentation of the curriculum.

If we want more inclusive schools and are serious.

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