Well we are back after our longest summer break ever! Matthew has started a new job in a new area of Scotland and as a result has been separated from his beloved bandwidth due to temporary midweek digs. Matthew is now using a wireless broadband card and tonight was our first experiment with it.
The episode naturally started with a love-in between the two old podcasting lags who had missed each other…awww!
And finished with recollections of Graham Finnie explaining CFE and Scottish Education to Steve as an “agenda of superlatives”:
Image from Meer on Flickr under Creative Commons.
Actual content was eventually forthcoming:
The OECD and PISA bringing worrying news of literacy levels to English educators:
Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD
England’s young people near bottom of global league table for basic skills. OECD finds 16- to 24-year-olds have literacy and numeracy levels no better than those of their grandparents’ generation:
Education in England: sliding down the class
Some new Scottish approaches to data comparison for secondaries:
A pair of Free-School disaster stories reinforcing Steve’s concerns:
Al-Madinah free school threatened with closure By James Meilke in the Guardian
London free school headteacher with no teaching qualifications quits
By Rajeev Sayal
A piece about the parts of the Finnish experience that don’t fit our governmental agenda:
Paradoxes of educational improvement: The Finnish experience, Pasi Sahlberg: Scottish Educational Review
The pain of glow 2 delivery continues for Mike Russell and the Scottish Government:
Guy Claxton challenges Scots Curriculum on “primitive language”: