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

  • Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy
    Jim Murphy said this

    The spontaneous audiences also produce some characters. My favourite so far was a man claiming to be ‘the Oban Seagull Whisperer”. He turned up in the West Highland capital with the sole aim of persuading the call of nature of said seagulls to disrupt our session. I think the bag of chips in his hand were a bigger calling signal than any of his silent sounds.

    If people can’t see that is a joke then heaven help us!

  • Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy
    ‘Neither campaign’s reputations should be tarnished by the odd imbecilic act or tirade’

    Wholeheartedly agree. Overall I believe the campaign on the streets in villages, towns and cities has been good natured and carried out in a good spirit without excessive incident.

    Of course there are morons who neither have the brain cells or the common decency to allow a democratic process be carried out without resorting to physical or verbal abuse but then again there are some people who can barely let a day go by without resorting to physical and verbal abuse.

    Unless there is evidence that such unsavoury incidents are being deliberately orchestrated by official groups (and I am yet to see any) the then this sort of behaviour by supporters of both sides should be treated as what they are – the actions of idiots, not the actions of the majority.

  • Have state guardians been consulted on contraceptive administration to minors?
    Just as a matter of slight correction those aren’t local authorities, they are health boards.
  • BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit
    Oops – thanks JnrTick – hell what’s a thousand or so billion between friends!!

    It would be interesting to get some sort of breakdown or how the debt has been accumulated. i.e. how much for roads, how much for public buildings, how much for weaponry etc etc and see how that is approximately split across the members of the UK.

    Clearly it wouldn’t be to the penny but a ballpark would be interesting for all parties. Not sure how readily available that information is.

  • BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit
    The whole ‘No assets, no debt’ argument seems a little simplistic to me as it seems to be suggesting that the only asset is the BoE/Currency.

    The bit I am missing (and I mean this as a genuine question looking for a proper answer rather than a YES or NO rant – far too many of which we are now seeing) is what happens to the assets in Scotland that were paid for out of the debt Scotland would be refusing to take on?

    The national debt is something crazy I know (something like £1.5 billion – total monopoly money to the likes of us!!) however it has been accumulated over many years to afford many different things – some more palatable than others!

    As borrowing is for capital purposes and as this is a UK debt then it is surely fair to say that some of that debt has been accumulated for capital purposes which physically exist in Scotland. Does that mean an independent Scotland gets to refuse to take on its share of the debt AND want to keep any assets that that share of the debt afforded?

    Normally physical assets will be divided based on geography and that makes perfect sense. But does it still make sense if those physical assets were built through capital borrowing and one party is not going to service that financing anymore.

    Surely we are not just talking about financial assets? I know the SG are talking about a share of net assets which includes physical assets.

    My apologies if this has been debated elsewhere and I have missed it.

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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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