At a Scottish Referendum meeting on 9th June 2014, Mike Russell, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education was answering questions about the Scottish Governments independence proposals. I asked Mike Russell: In light of the 'Trojan Horse' incidents down-south today - whilst I understand Scotland has a different system, which you are in charge of, although … Continue reading Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Comments on ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal
N.B. This article focuses on religious observance/time for reflection in non-denominational Scottish schools, and does not take into consideration the different circumstances in denominational schools. The history of education in Scotland has its roots firmly embedded in the development of the churches. The first recognisable school in Scotland was the High School of Glasgow, which … Continue reading Time for Reflection: What is all the fuss about?
This article examines the history and development of ‘Time for Reflection’ (TfR) since the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 until the present. By comparing and contrasting an analysis of the make-up of the contributions with the demographics of the Scottish population this study will conclude that current practices of ‘Time for Reflection’ over-represent … Continue reading My reflections on the Scottish Parliaments ‘Time for Reflection’
Its time to make your voice heard in one of the most important debates in Scottish Politics at the moment. John Finnie MSP (pictured right) has launched a consultation on a Bill to remove religious privilege. The Bill will do four things: to remove the obligation on local authorities to appoint religious representatives to Education … Continue reading Endorse John Finnie’s Bill to end anti-democratic religious privilege
Scotland, like many areas, is working to try and promote safe, healthy relationships, especially among its younger citizens. As with many issues in Scottish education, religious sectarian divides exist to the detriment of youngsters. The current guidance from the Scottish Government on sexual health and relationships education comes from a circular issued in 2001. This … Continue reading Questioning the First Minister’s commitment to equality