It is certainly very interesting to hear what …

Comment posted Major success for Argyll and Bute Council education staff and for Kilmodan school by neil macintyre.

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.

neil macintyre also commented

  • 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.

Recent comments by neil macintyre

  • Jaw-dropping background to Gordon Brown’s intervention in saving the Union – Labour now on notice in Argyll & Bute
    Tremendous time for monumental change to happen but are we ready to give more to fund that change.
    The vote on English matters has nothing to do with Scots MPs that’s an easy one.
    The Barnett formula should be an equal share across the board and we as Scots put as much extra into our share to fund our services.
    I would scrap the need for an MP and a MSP we have our own parliament to represent us so we do not need both.
    Unelected list MSPs from every party are not needed and are a waste of money.
    Child benefit should not be universal we need to increase the money to hard up families by taking it from families who have a comfortable income.
    Are we ready to make decisions on tax to fund what Scotland needs I hope so.
    With a growing elderly population which we need to care for decisions will need to be made now as we have not got enough carers and the money in the budget will not cover what will have to be done in the future.
    I am comfortably of but others are not so lucky so it will be down to me to take a hit on my lifestyle through paying extra tax to help pay for a host of improvements in our all our services.To have a fairer society we all need to give up something we could start with our football and other sporting superstars on crazy money every week along with vast sections of our population.We need to value people at the bottom end of the market and pay decent money to everyone who plays a very important part in our daily lives for very little reward.
    Just a few thoughts to get everybody firing in.

    Cheers Neil.

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    I shall be voting No and I have had some great crack with lots of people who are voting Yes in the referendum.
    We will all be still here the day after the result so let’s calm the beans although the ferries to Norway might be busy if the NO vote wins.
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    Cheers Neil.
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    No need to panic folks I would like to thank the gentleman who has given the information to us it was unexpected but honour where it’s due and I will thank him personally next time I meet him although we are from different political persuasions.
    It would of been far more honourable if the gentleman had put his name to his letter but it’s great for Roddy and Elaine especially that we have the name.

    Cheers Neil.

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    Ah well we will just have to follow Hunchy folks he will lead us in the right direction he should be a good addition to the meetings.
    We need a voice in the town as the other voice is over in Benderloch but he will be standing in the by-election so between the two of them we can sleep easy.
    Come on gentlemen show your face your public awaits.

    Cheers Neil.

  • ‘Voice of Oban’ letter now with Police Scotland in Oban
    Sorry John for not replying earlier but as far as I know Myself, Roddy and Elaine received one so I am pretty sure the rest would as well.
    And just to help Sokay is not cheesy far better looking.

    Cheers Neil.

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16 Responses to It is certainly very interesting to hear what …

  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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