An alternative to the destructive politicisation of education

When I was a teenager, kids set fire to the Bristol comprehensive I attended, razing it to the ground. It felt like they were giving their verdict on government education. Now, after years of compulsory […]

Scotland needs more radical education reform

Elizabeth Smith

Let’s be very clear about one thing; Scotland used to lead the world when it came to education. It can do so again but only if there is a change to the current culture of […]

Private schools are Scotland’s ‘hidden export’

Stuart Crawford

THE BARCLAY REPORT into non-domestic rates has recommended that private schools should be brought fully into the business rates system. Hitherto exempt because of their charitable status, the proposed change means that the independent sector […]

Improving educational attainment through autonomy, innovation and greater diversity …and the establishment of the Schools’ Education Trust

Bill Nicol

For almost three years, the Hometown Foundation, a Scottish Charity with a strong interest in education, was positively encouraged by the Scottish Government’s willingness to accept and consider in great detail, teacher and parent-led bids […]

Reflections on the current state of reform in Scottish Education

In spite of its many strengths, concern over Scottish school education has recently focused on its historic failure to narrow the attainment gap between the most and the least economically disadvantaged young people in our […]