Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Ten years on

    I began to blog on this site 10 years ago today on June 10th 2009 and now, some 1900 posts later, I am still at it. The first post was about the south-west learning for sustainability coalition, which collapsed under...

  • Plymouth: a very modern major university

    I read that the University of Plymouth is being unfairly criticised for spending a mere £375,000 on the much needed refurbishment of the vice-chancellor’s office while prudently saving £zillions cutting 150 jobs that are now surplus to requirements. Fools!  Who...

  • Let's be done with GCSE

    When communism fell apart in the USSR there was panic in an unusual sector of the economy: the school examinations industry. What was to become of all those questions about Marxist-Leninist theory and the history of the communist party —...

  • The price of steel

    As I write this, no coal is being used in a UK power station to generate electricity, and it has been this way for a while now.  Indeed, zero-coal records have been set, and if plans come to fruition, the...

  • 1979 and all that – Education in England

    The Education in England (the history of our schools) website contains HMI publications including the (1979) second edition of its Curriculum 11-16 Working Papers.  This deals with environmental education because this was a time when HMI took it seriously, unlike Ofsted today....

  • Where has all the plastic gone?

    Where has all the plastic gone? Long time passing Where has all the plastic gone? Long time ago Where has all the plastic gone? Gone to recycling every one. Oh, when will we ever learn?  When will we ever learn?...

  • Angela Rayner on Rose and Curriculum

    I don't listen to the BBC's "flagship" Today programme, preferring my own prejudices first thing in the morning – and the more calming tones of Radio 3's Breakfast show.  But I see from the NAEE weekly update that Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary...

  • You, the students ...

    As I noted yesterday, UKSCN has issued an open letter to government and educational institutions whose language contrasts with that in their 4 basic demands which you will find here. –  Demands 2 & 3 (apart from the emphasis on the national...

  • We, the students ...

    The UKSCN has issued an open letter to government and educational institutions.  I've set it out in full, below, and will comment on it tomorrow.  I'll just say, for now, that it makes a bit of a contrast with their...

  • A school striker in the family

    One of my granddaughters is striking tomorrow – but with permission which some say hardly counts, but read on as there is curriculum intent here.  This is the letter her parents received: Dear Parent/carer(s) School Strike for Climate Change Trip...