Yet another success for a school the previous …

Comment posted Major success for Argyll and Bute Council education staff and for Kilmodan school by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.

Yet another success for a school the previous administration, and in particular Cllr Marshall’s criteria, would have us believe is failing.

A little encouragement and a little support and our rural schools can, and do, demonstrate quite how effective they are and quite how well they deliver education.

Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll also commented

  • Regarding the update which reads ‘Auileen Goodall is an Educational Development Officer – not a Quality Improvement Officer. This keeps the pressure on the question of just what the very many QIOs at Argyll and Bute council actually do and whether that is worth what it costs us’

    This is an important point of discussion. It would be interesting to know what are the remits of both roles and how much overlap is there. Based purely on title (which can obviously be misleading) they certainly appear to be roles which must have a lot of similar responsibilities. Are we getitng value for money from these two roles?

Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll

  • UK reform a must: but what reform for what future?
    Meanwhile back in Argyll & Bute, the councillors have voted to give senior councillors an additional pay rise above and beyond the mandatory pay rise over which they have no influence.

    Cllr Freeman moved an amendment that this be rejected but the motion got passed by 17 to 5. Apparently the justification is that there are now less policy leads so overall the total allowances budget has been reduced. So are we now rewarding those areas that make savings by given them some of it back?

    Tough decisions and savings ahead those councillors will tell you – it would appear they don’t include senior members in that process.

  • UK reform a must: but what reform for what future?
    Agreed Simon, this thread in particular, but a few others as well, has deteriorated into the stuff of playgrounds.

    There has been some ‘new’ posters recently who have taken things to a particularly infantile level. Makes for tedious reading.

  • Rhoda Grant MSP calls for recruits to join ‘our army of 5,469 bone marrow donors’
    I think it is due to a combination of success rate and money. The younger a person is the less chance of health issues and the more chance of a successful transplant. Ever registered person costs the charity money so they need to try and maximise the potential impact they can have with the resources available to them.
  • Rhoda Grant MSP calls for recruits to join ‘our army of 5,469 bone marrow donors’
    I echo that Lowry. Less than a month ago I had the very sad experience of attending the funeral of a friend of mine who died in her early forties. She did get a transplant but tragically there were other complications which meant the optimism for a full recovery collapsed hideously quickly over a three day period. She leaves behind two lovely teenage kids and a genuinely warm and loving husband.

    Anything anyone can do to help prevent this happening to another family is to be encouraged and applauded.

  • Jackie Baillie says Council must learn lessons after damning Audit Scotland report on ADP services procurement
    This thread is a perfect example of why the recent shouts for FA to focus on Argyll issues are little more than empty noise.

    Here is a thread about our council and potential failings in it, which are at the core of service delivery. We have a handful of responses only one of which actually relates to the article with others focusing on national issues and one just being a childish criticism of Jackie Baillie’s size.

    It is not just this thread. Look at other Argyll focused ones. Resignation of CHORD manager, something. Costing our council loads of cash, one response. Article on the lifeline air services, three responses.

    Compare it to the hive of activity around articles about 50 maiden speeches, SNP the logger, Nicola’s vanguard etc etc. Large numbers of the comments in those threads are from the very people demanding a return to argyll focused articles.

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16 Responses to Yet another success for a school the previous …

  1. Yet another success for a school the previous administration, and in particular Cllr Marshall’s criteria, would have us believe is failing.

    A little encouragement and a little support and our rural schools can, and do, demonstrate quite how effective they are and quite how well they deliver education.

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  2. So, is this Aileen Goodall one of these much maligned immprovement officers we keep hearing newsie and FA rubbishing??

    Mmm??

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    • We could do chapter and verse on QIOs in general and in particular but it seems thrawn to do that right at the moment because our hope is that things will improve under new political guidance.

      ARSN was always aware that QIOs follow instructions from their employer and indeed it was obvious that some were uncomfortable with the roles they had during the closure consultations, not least the dreadful scripts they had to read from (Vygotsky indeed!).

      Now that there’s a new administration, we hope to see more of the kind of work Aileen Goodall is doing. Given all the negative tensions involved in the closure debacle, I’m sure it’s what our QIOs would rather be doing.

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        • Just checked our time logs. We posted the update at 08.23 and Simon’s comment to which Barmore 2 refers was posted at 09.09.
          Apologies.
          I had done this time log check myself and had not noticed the days, only the hours.
          Simon posted his comment on 3rd June at 9.09pm.
          Our update to the article was on 4th June at 08.23am.
          Lynda

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  3. It is certainly very interesting to hear what has been happening in Kilmodan.Has this been successful in the other schools across Argyll?
    I would love to hear from the teachers and support staff on the closure story now that they are allowed a voice without
    the threat of disciplne.Or have all the bosses seen the light.Still a lot of money being paid to the QIO,s or is this new title a change or additional staff?
    I would hope that the education department and Carol Walker,s so called leadership will be examined very quickly by the new council along with giving us the answers to spygate and Jo Smith.Is she still sitting at home being paid to get a sun tan.

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    • Well said Barmore 2. Kilmodan deserve our congratulations, as do all the wee schools who keep clocking up one prize or another for doing really special and wonderful work.

      I reckon Argyll & Bute always had the best chance of implementing the Curriculum for Excellence because the wee schools already had to operate that way to an extent and the teachers really know how to make it work. Let’s hope they’re allowed to flourish now so the kids, and their communities, can move forward with security and confidence.

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  4. Yes – well done to EDOs, so why shouldnt all the QIOs become EDOs?
    And I hope that Neil McIntyre gets the answers to his questions quickly – I cant think of a good reason why he shouldnt.

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  5. Regarding the update which reads ‘Auileen Goodall is an Educational Development Officer – not a Quality Improvement Officer. This keeps the pressure on the question of just what the very many QIOs at Argyll and Bute council actually do and whether that is worth what it costs us’

    This is an important point of discussion. It would be interesting to know what are the remits of both roles and how much overlap is there. Based purely on title (which can obviously be misleading) they certainly appear to be roles which must have a lot of similar responsibilities. Are we getitng value for money from these two roles?

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    • I think the best people to enquire this with would be Head Teachers across Argyll & Bute and perhaps ask them to list the areas they have received help or have found QIOs and QIMs to actually have been a benefit to them.

      I already know the thoughts of one area – so I would expect much silence to follow such a request.

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  6. Surely after the chaos of the rural schools proposed closures the points made by Integrity and Crazy in response to this story would be a great place to start for our new councillors The investigation into duplication of responsibility across the whole spectrum of council departments will surely follow.Jobs can be created and services improved if someone has the sense and guts to do it.

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  7. I expect the new Lead Councillor on Education, who knows his area of reponsibilty , possibly better than his appointed staff, to lay down the law to his staff as to policies and guidance. The days of paid staff laying down policy, and failing to give correct information to the elected members and the Council as a whole, are over. One such occurrence such as we have seen in the last few years will lead, I hope, not to resignations and “settlements” but to termination with no recompence. The first real test will probably come in the next 2 weeks with the report on Spygate and the dealing with the culprits in that affair.

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