Author Archives: James McEnaney

Radical improvement to Scottish education demands radical changes to its structures⤴

from @ I've Been Thinking

Originally posted on This Little Earth:
So the results are in: data from the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) shows a decline in literacy standards amongst pupils in Scotland. Cue the usual hand-wringing, vague promises and political point scoring that we should all have come to expect by now. Nevermind the fact that a…

Labour (and the SNP) have missed the point on educational inequality⤴

from @ I've Been Thinking

Last month I wrote a blog post (an edited version of which has also been published by TESS) in response to the SQA’s pronouncement that their new appeals process had been a success. I disagreed with this assessment, arguing that the new system would in fact exacerbate the issue of educational inequality in Scotland. To my […]

Inequality is entrenched in our education system, and the new ‘appeals’ process is just the tip of a much more challenging iceberg⤴

from @ I've Been Thinking

Originally posted on This Little Earth:
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have, unsurprisingly, declared the new approach to exam appeals a success: the number of appeals has plummeted from 66’000 in 2013 to 8500 this year; successful appeals have dropped to just 2000 from 32’000 last year; and the costs to the (taxpayer funded) SQA…

Why sharing should be at the heart of how we teach⤴

from @ Pedagoo.org

Following on from my workshop at Pedagoo Glasgow, this is a brief outline from my session. Click here to view the Prezi. The presentation element of my workshop had three sections, each of which is explored below: Philosophy If you work in the public sector, then your work should be public This may be slightly […]

NationalModeration.co.uk – a new(ish) approach to assessment moderation⤴

from @ Pedagoo.org

As requested by @fkelly , I’ve decided to throw a quick post together about www.nationalmoderation.co.uk – a service I created to allow Scottish teachers to share their own unit assessments for the new National Qualifications. Essentially the creation of this website was spurred by one glaringly obvious reality – the unit assessments provided by the [...]