Revision fees highlight bigger issues in Scottish education

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    NEWS of children being charged for Easter holiday revision classes reveals a number of unresolved issues in Scottish education.

    First, the hard push on revision in the close lead-up to exams tells us a few things. It was called “cramming” in my day, and the stress of it is well known to those who have done it. This is symptomatic of education’s drive for improved attainment and the pressure schools are under. That pressure is being transferred to staff and students. Whilst the Scottish school holiday pattern follows historic agricultural work patterns (and needs revised urgently for what helps with best learning) one might ask whether students should simply be enjoying their holidays?

    Period10 Apr 2019

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    • TitleMoves to charge for revision will 'deepen' attainment gap
      Media name/outletTimes Education Supplement
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date10/04/19
      DescriptionWriting in The Herald newspaper, Neil McLennan, a senior lecturer in education at the University of Aberdeen and a former schoolteacher, said it highlighted "a number of unresolved issues in Scottish education"
      PersonsNeil McLennan
    • TitleFears for poorer pupils as schools charge for Easter exam revision
      Media name/outletThe Herald
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      Date10/04/19
      PersonsNeil McLennan

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