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?

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  • Totty rocks as new FM elected at Holyrood
    Fair enough Jnrtick. I of course acknowledge that the lyrics taken in isolation are racist. What I mean is I think the context they are sung in means they are not meant as a racist jibe but as the sort of football rivalry banter that has gone on for decades.

    I am no tolerated of racism, very far from it. I just think we should be careful about mixing up genuine hate/intolerance with something far less serious.

    Football has not had to seek out its troubles over the years and I think it, largely, has done a good job cleaning up its act. However I wouldn’t want to over sanitize it.

  • Totty rocks as new FM elected at Holyrood
    JnrTick

    I am not clear if you were at the game or are basing this on what you heard on the tele. If it is based on what you heard on the tele then I think there needs to be a strong health warning over any claim that it was only English fans who were singing songs that could be classed as bile. What you hear on the tele when watching football games is entirely down to where the camera crews and microphones are located in the stadium.

    You surely don’t for one second, believe that a few thousand England fans outsung 60,000 Scotland fans do you?

    In reply to your other comment on this thread I think the reason it wasn’t reported in the papers is because it is a son that has been sung up and down the country by football fans for years. Some time using the word ‘Scottish Bastard’, just as often using the words ‘English Bastard’

    It has never really been considered a racist chant regardless of whether it has been sung by English or Scottish fans and I suspect if we hadn’t just been through the referendum the singing of it on Tuesday wouldn’t have raised any eyebrows.

    Whilst I acknowledge it is a somewhat coarse song (most football songs are!) I see it as football banter and not racism. I don’t think Scotland fans are racist when they sing it, nor do I think England fans are when they sing it.

  • Totty rocks as new FM elected at Holyrood
    I actually wish football associations and clubs would stop apologising for the behaviour of people at football grounds as doing so perpetuates the idea that football, as a sport, is to blame for the behaviour of idiots and thugs.

    Ted Croker got it right when he stood up to Thatcher in the mid 80s when she demanded to know what he intended to do about his hooligans. He replied that they were not football’s hooligans they were her hooligans, and added we “don’t want your hooligans at our sport”.

    Football clubs are doing a huge amount to deter hooligans but ultimately it is entirely impossible to totally prevent it, especially when it occurs outside the stadium.

  • Totty rocks as new FM elected at Holyrood
    I find it odd that anyone would bring up football chants and try and use it to highlight inappropriate behaviour in any one group. Quite simply because every set of football fans the world over are equally guilty of it!

    Scottish fans have sung that exact same song about various England managers for years! Not to mention the much laughed about (at the time) chants about Jimmy hill being a ‘poof.’

    If anyone has problems with football fans and what they chant then they are have every right to voice that opinion but trying to point a finger at one set over another is ridiculous.

  • Salmond to donate First Minister’s pension to charity – for as long as he remains an MSP
    In isolation you would have a fair point dp however if you had been unfortunate enough to read the amount of vitriol thrown at Karl by NCH over the past few months I think you would be a little more understanding of his response.

    I appreciate there is a ‘two wrongs’ point which could be made here but in the grand scheme of things I don’t think Karl owes NCH any manners whatsoever.

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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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