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14 December: #03⤴

from @ I'm not sure I do either

This week I’ve been

attending the launch event in Blackwell’s in Edinburgh of Iain MacWhirter’s book Disunited Kingdom: How Westminster Won A Referendum But Lost Scotland. In his Sunday Herald column (18-12-14), Macwhirter reckons that things can only get better for the Labour Party in Scotland, but…

discussing different approaches to the SCQF/SQA accreditation process with my opposite numbers in SNIPEF; and

negotiating how best to standardize the not entirely dissimilar outcomes that we independently produced; and

realising that after I’d done some work on what we’d agreed that I’d made a potentially fatal error in how I’d redistributed 100 hours of learning. I’d done it in such a way that the hours didn’t carry over their credit. That was pretty mind-blowing… honest, it really was! (I think I’ll explain this in a longer blog post). Thankfully nobody reads this stuff.

booking a place at the SCQF conference in February 2015

watching this Sexplanations video after discussing sex education and the presence of religious representatives on local authority education committees

signing up for Holyrood magazine weekly Education newsletter

buying books on Amazon about Outdoor Education for the STEM Camp that I’m taking pre-apprenticeship students from West College Scotland to the SYHA Stem Camp in 2015; and

Outdoor Edu books

contributing to a funding bid to help pay for this; and

writing up my (unpublished) thoughts on the ethics of how parents might best be involved when a FE establishment proposes to take engineering students, who are aged 16+, on a residential trip; but

acknowledging that I need input from experts on this

re-learning Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law  so that I could add them into the Electrical Installation Science portfolio that I’m writing for the new Electrical Installation SVQ.

reading the newspapers and:

shaking my head as both blue and red Tory politicians court the education vote.  Firstly, there was Nicky Morgan in The Observer, trying to undo four and a half years of Govean blobbing, and the following day Jim Murphy attempting to woo teachers in Scotland with a plan,

I will introduce Chartered Status for teachers, to attract the best talent to those worst performing schools

which struck me as a bit of a kick-in-the-teeth for some hard-working teachers. A rough wooing.

When, at the end of the week when he became leader of the north Britisher branch of the Labour party, he called for “a growing middle-class” the policy was all the easier seen in its full ‘Blairite’ splendour

continuing to slowly pick away at Peter John’s book Analyzing Public Policy. I’ve been following the regular criticisms of private schools as a way of understanding how policy is formed, and over the Xmas holiday I might have a go at a post just to collate what I’ve been learning about

 reflecting on the value of doing this type of post; and

acknowledging that I slipped behind with the publishing of this post. I need to find a system that allows me to record things as I go along, and doesn’t then take four hours to pull together. I can’t say to someone that reflective blogging is a good idea, but that I can’t manage to keep it up, or that it “only” takes a half-day to write

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