Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • The quality of strawberry jam, if not strained ...

    It is not widely known, but the last government launched another new quango before it mis-managed its own re-election.  This was the Office for Strictures and Controll on Food and Fodder  – OFSCOFF.   As befits an era of austerity, Ofscoff's remit...

  • Not really sustainable after all

    Defra announced yesterday that it is to stop funding the Sustainable Development Commission [SDC] from next April.   The Secretary of State's written notice says: On sustainability ... we are determined to play the lead role across the whole of...

  • Jury Service in Barcelona

    In Barcelona last week sitting on a PhD jury – one of these public defences that are literally and metaphorically foreign to the UK.  The thesis was in Catalan with a presentation to an audience of about 35 in that...

  • MoD to set up Defence Awareness Programmes in Schools

    The coalition government announced today that, from 2011, the Ministry of Defence is to set up programmes in order to raise awareness of defence issues within the UK; this will include work in schools.   An MoD representative said "We...

  • Bye Bye BSF

    So, at last some sense in the disasterous Building Schools for the Future programme – it's being axed.   Michael Gove told MPs: "Throughout its life it has been characterised by massive overspends, tragic delays, botched construction projects and needless bureaucracy"....

  • The Organic Garden Educator's Dilemma

    You are an organic garden educator working with teachers and young people in schools and communities in order to help them to ... [i] develop a positive attitude towards getting involved in gardening including food growing; [ii] acquire gardening skills that...

  • Zero Carbon Britain – a treat in store

    In Portcullis House the other night at the launch of Canolfan Dechnoleg Amgen's second Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report.  Pretty gloomy stuff and nothing about education in the presentations. Those speaking certainly seemed cheerful in looking forwards (backwards more like) to the...

  • Half a Lifetime ago ...

    Half a Lifetime ago I had my first paper published in School Science Review.  I was still a schoolteacher and it was a reflection on reflection (of sorts) on practice.  Some 35 years later, my second will shortly come out...

  • Update on Writing to the DfE

    UPDATE:  It took about 3 weeks to get a response – which is what they promise, more or less.  But all it said was that there was no news, yet.  Meanwhile, I've written again – at SEEd's behest –  this...

  • Bath Plummets in Green League

    For the third year running, the University has dropped in the People & Planet Green league.  From a dizzy 57th= in 2009, we are now 77th=, just scraping a 2.2, sharing this fame with Cardiff, Leicester, Westminster and Sunderland.  ...