Working in partnership to deliver the ACM: a head teacher’s perspective

I am sure as you read this, many of you will be saying to yourself, “What a week this has been!” I think “That thought” could apply to quite a few weeks or months recently. On this wet Scottish Thursday morning, I have the challenge of writing this blog. I am actually finding it quite cathartic as I reflect on what we have done and achieved in our delivery of the Alternative Certification Model (ACM).

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Ensuring Scotland’s young people get the qualifications they deserve in 2021: a head teacher’s perspective

May is always a hard month – of work assessment, study and worry over attainment in the cycle of a school year. In 2021, following a global pandemic, the challenge has been greater than usual. It is important to consider this pressure in the wider context of the COVID-recovery landscape, and for school leaders to consider the parameters and guidelines negotiated and set out by leaders of the teaching unions, professional associations, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Scottish Government.…

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Delivering the Alternative Certification Model

Since their return to school in August last year, a number of young people have experienced periods of self-isolation in order to support public health efforts to suppress the virus and keep everyone safe. These were difficult and challenging times, and many questions were raised about how qualifications could be awarded under these circumstances. However, as Tony McDaid, Executive Director at South Lanarkshire Council writes, the resilience shown by learners, teachers, lecturers, and the wider education community gives him hope…

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