Regarding the update which reads ‘Auileen Goodall is …

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

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?

Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll also commented

  • 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.

Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll

  • The choice: it boils down to indy or the pound
    Ha – I was considering putting you, Brian and Anne on ignore!! All the pictures getting in the way of humourous videos of people falling off hammocks…
  • The choice: it boils down to indy or the pound
    I must say that, now that my vote has been cast, I will be relieved when it is over and we can move on regardless of the result. Politicians can get back to the operational running of the countries, journalists will have to do some work to find news again, websites will need to find other things to debate again… sounds like bliss to me now! It’s been a long slog.

    What I also won’t miss is people flooding Facebook with quotes from people like Mandela and Gandhi – as if there is any credible similarity whatsoever between our independence debate and the issues faced during apartheid or the Indian Independence movement.

    On my drive to work today I witnessed a polling station in Jamestown that had been vandalised overnight and a clean up was underway to get it repainted before the polls opened. A delightfully big order to all to ‘F*CK THE ENGLISH’ – ‘very kind’ I thought, I don’t have anything in my social calendar tonight but might need to put clean bed sheets on.

    Hopefully we can all lighten up a bit after the result comes in tomorrow and there will be a little less animosity and a little more light heartedness in the coming months!

  • Protocol questions on United Kingdom opening talks on Scotland’s EU membership
    Am I still going to get 30p back for my empty Irn-Bru bottles?

    These are the things we need to know!!! I fear glass bottle flight.

    Slightly more seriously… to be honest a lot of people will be voting on a base of ignorance tomorrow (regardless of which way they vote). There is an element of trust / faith / fingers crossed / touch wood about tomorrow.

    I wish us all luck whichever way it goes.

  • Sillars no authority but authentic voice of ‘Yes’ culture of intimidation and retribution
    Why didn’t he? Quite simply because no party/campaign group is going to go public with splits in the camp when they are so close to the final vote.

    Jim Sillars still holds a lot of support from the more ‘hardcore’ nationalists (remember this is the same Sillars who has been openly critical of the current SNP and, in particular Alex Salmond’s leadership style and the backbenchers for not having the courage to speak out against him).

    There is no benefit to the ‘yes’ campaign in Salmond creating a split between the Sillars style nationalist and the Salmond style nationalist.

    There is of course huge hypocrisy in Salmond claiming the No campaign is focused on intimidation whilst he refuses to condemn exactly the same thing from within his own ranks however since when has politics not been full of hypocrites!

    As I said before Sillars is a dinosaur now. Regardless of the result on Thursday/Friday Scottish politics will be a more progressive and rational place with him, and others like him, well out of it. They offer very little for a country that will be keen to encourage inward investment and this alleged ‘fairer more just society’

  • Sillars no authority but authentic voice of ‘Yes’ culture of intimidation and retribution
    I have worked in and around government long enough (and I would wager you have been engaged in politics long enough – or maybe worked around it) to know a deflection answer when we see it!

    If this was a Paxman / Howard moment I am pretty sure we might have seen the same question asked 9 times until it was blatantly clear the First minister wasn’t going to answer it.

    I’m not particularly criticising Alex Salmond for it – well I am but no more or less than just about every other politician involved in this debate.

    My take on it is that it was a bloody stupid comment by Sillars but I don’t doubt for a second he meant it (the claim that it was for publicity was almost comically poor). I don’t think Salmond would have ever said it and I don’t actually believe he would think it either. I personally feel he would have gained more respect/credibility if he had come out and:

    1. Disagreed with Jim Sillars’s comment
    2. Made clear that a SNP government would not be abusing its power to seek any retribution
    3. Furthermore confirmed their commitment to work with all businesses, of all sizes, to make Scotland a more prosperous nation.

    And then kicked Jim Sillars into the long grass.

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16 Responses to Regarding the update which reads ‘Auileen Goodall is …

  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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