Blowing Up Scotland to the World

The morning after the night before I was still trying to make sense of the wailing of “Welcome to Scotland” whilst a Jurassic Park style 4×4 raced around iconic symbols propped up by tacky commercialisation via tin cans and surrounded by fattening sweeties bouncing around the Celtic Park turf (some might argue- no change there then). Even worse, the 4×4 passed through a tyre made out to look like tyres made by the widely believed inventor of the tyre. With RW Thomson of Stonehaven being the first to patent the tyre it was clear this show was going to be about commercial symbolism and crass quasi culture over correctness or class.

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When I did reflect back on it I wondered if it was some Baz Luhrmann type attempt to put an even more eclectic spin on Trainspotting and that the tripping scene from the iconic movie had reached new heights. Alas, this was not about being flushed down a lavy to chase a lost suppository. No, this was Scotland’s welcome to the world- a reflection on who we are and what we do. One thing we do all to well is criticise and self deprecate, a sad incitement on the underdog nation. And so, on writing this article I wanted to ensure I was positive.

Two things were welcome and struck a chord with many. The first was the entry of the Braemar Highland Games pipe bands. Although there is a slight shortbread tin, tartanification of Scotland via this imagery (the Highland bag pipes they are blowing up orally were not as commonly used historically as the traditional Lowland bagpipes of antiquary; the tartans worn do not date back to the days of Wallace, Bruce and a’ that; and Flower of Scotland is a song that dates back decades). However, this was more what Scotland could and should offer the world. It would maybe have been a bit ‘aye been’ but it is what people expected and it is what people wanted. Moreover, to turn to another Scottish trait, it is nae that expensive.

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The second thing that warmed my heart was the charitable connection raising funds for children less well off than those watching the programme on flat screen TVs or via smart phones or tablet technology. Whilst some tweeted about the irony of this charitable gesture being launched from once the areas with the lowest social economic declines in Europe, we cannot deny the difference in material poverty between the kids left in Glasgow slums (or modern day equivalents) and some of the poorest children in the Commonwealth is almost immeasurable. Anything which raised money those children less well of than ourselves is to be commended. They are our future and charity is as much a trait of Scottishness as tartan, tea cakes and trainspotting!

The Orwellian tanoy messages instructing people within the stadium and across the world to donate now was a bit scary as the celebrities on the Hampden pitch pulled out their smart phones and feigned (and in some cases did actually) ‘text’ their donation.

So with two positives in the Braemar Games input and the UNICEF appeal I can say that two out of three ain’t bad. Three out of three would have been brilliant. What better way to start the games than have a simple launch with Highland dancers, pipe bands, Auld Lang Syne and a couple of high profile bands followed by a real contribution to the Common Weal. How about if the tannoy have announced, in a slightly more soft and gentle voice:-

“The launch of the London Olympic Games Coast £x million, the launch of the last Commonwealth Games cost £x million, the cost to have a light, sound and firework display here in Glasgow would have been £x million. We here in Scotland have done something different. We have welcomed you here in true Scottish style. Scotland is a country where people matter. And so, the total cost of £x million that it would have cost for a firework sound and light display this evening has been donated to UNICEF to help other less well off then us here tonight. And now, we are going to ask you to do the same.”

Now that would have been a true reflection of Scotland- Common Weal and the sort of Common Sense Scotland should be renowned for. Maybe the Closing Ceremony will bring such joined up thinking, heartfelt leadership and charitable spirit.

Meantime, to return to trainspotting tripping scene. It would have been worse- they could have blown up a set of flats! Thankfully that did not happen. Maybe at that part of the planning meeting they were hearing forgotten voices from Scottish History, “the world is watching us, and it is our responsibility to conduct ourselves with responsibility, and with dignity and with maturity.” (Jimmy Reid).

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PostScript. Now that the opening ceremony artefacts are being auctioned. Let’s hope money raised here goes to good causes or recoups some of the public expense on items noted above.

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Flags of our Fathers (and mothers, and sisters and brothers and neighbours):

What flag would you choose for Scotland

Option 1:- Status Quo for St Andrews?
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Option 2:- Cooperative Colours
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Option 3- Suffragette Saltire
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Option 4- Standard Landscape
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Option 5:- Fields and Rivers
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Option 6:- You decide.
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Option 7:- Lion Rampant
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Option 8:- The Original Saltire
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Option 9:- Green Saltire of Otterburn
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Option 10:- Deer Design Dominates Scottish Landscape
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Option 11:- Red Eagle Soaring Standard
Eagle Soars
Option 12:- Salmon Leaping
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Option 13:- Landscape Standard

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Option 14:- Thistle Standard

royal standard with thistles

If you have an idea, an innovative design or a creative thought- it would be great to hear from you and for you to post your flag either on this blog, email it to be (contacts link above) or post it on the facebook group I have set up: A Flag for Scotland.

Full blog post can be read here:-

Flags of our Fathers (and mothers, and sisters and brothers and neighbours):
Does Scotland need a new flag?

This is a social and historical commentary and a gaze into the future encouraging creativity, innovation, multiperspectivity and eternal cooperation. This is not a political commentary, albeit this might be an altogether more interesting vote as we approach September 2014.

Margo MacDonald’s passing and funeral clearly showed that she desperately wanted a’ unity of purpose’ for Scotland and ‘an end to the palpable air of bitter antagonism’. Today’s Scotland on Sunday backs up her view, with its ICM poll showing that almost two fifths of those surveyed believing that Scotland will be left ‘badly divided’ after the referendum vote. No one wishes for divisions- there are plenty of them in this world as it is.
One way in which nations and people unite is through common purpose and a common past. Many nations find that through the creation of an army, a police force, an education system and a flag they find that unity. However, that unity can only be superficial, especially when imagined communities are established. That is why a rethink about many of the things that make us Scottish might help us to better understanding our past, articulate our offering at the present and move forward positively and collectively.

The Scottish flag itself only represents one group of the many peoples who made up land that eventually was called Scotland. It dates from 832 AD when Angus mc Fergus, the King of Alba did battle with Athelstan’s Angles and Saxon forces. It was said that a white cross appeared; set against the blue skies above the East Lothian battlefield and this saltire inspired the Alba armies. It is unclear when St Andrew himself became patron saint of Scotland although by 1286 Seals of the Guardians of Scotland bear an ‘X’ shape and has Latin inscriptions stating St Andrews to be the leader of Scots.

As Scots prepared to raid England in 1385 a parliament decree stated, “Every man shall have a sign before and behind, namely the white St Andrew’s cross and if his coat is white he shall bear the cross on a piece of black cloth.

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Later in the 1300s, around 1390, St Andrew began to appear on coins during Robert III’s rule. It seems it took some time for a blue background to come into the flag of Scotland itself. IN the 14th century the Douglas Standard, carried into the Battle of Otterburn had a green background.

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It might have been 1460 that a white saltire against a blue background first appears in the “blue blanket” standard of the Edinburgh incorporated trades. This colour scheme seems to have carried on since then and is preeminent in discussions around the Union flag. This in itself is another interesting story about flags, decisions, creativity and created memories.

For the Union Flag as it stands were not the only design that was thought up. There were several. Things could have looked very different if another design had been picked.

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Even more recently another creative mind has looked at what the flag might look like if the Scottish bits were to be removed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25205017

The act of deciding upon a flag has pressed many countries, even the EU itself. It has gone through many flags through time and in the competition “A new symbol for Europe” 1400 plus proposed flags were whittled down to 12 by an international jury before being exhibited and a final flag chosen. Some examples can be seen below:-

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With that amount of consideration and creativity going into a new flag for the creation of the European Union- is it time for us to look at a new flag for Scotland? What are your thoughts?

Option 1:- Status Quo for St Andrews?
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Option 2:- Cooperative Colours
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I have used a number of colours and each is symbolic in this flag. Overarching throughout this design though is that Scotland is multi-cultural and its history reflects this with Scotland once being made up of Pictland in the North, Dalriada in the west, Strathclyde in the south west and Lothian in the South East. In this version I have included the green of Scotland agricultural past (although it could very well reflect Irish influences on our country; the blue reflects the rivers and sea that are so vital to us and are reflected in our Parliament building (although it could also reflect Alba and the origins of the flag Scotland currently uses), the black reflects the oil and gas natural reserves of Scotland and the red is of England whose past and people are so important in our country (others may feel the black and red represent more sinister and dark past although this multi-colour flag I hope reflects a future of multi culturalalism).

Option 3- Suffragette Saltire
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I drew my inspiration for this design from the Suffragette movement who were particularly strong and active in Scotland. Their colours were all symbolic with purple representing dignity, white purity and green hope. To my knowledge they never used it in this way (mainly in striped flags, rosettes and posters). However as Scotland continues to try to further democracy via independence, devolution and creating more power closer to the people , perhaps this would be a valid design for the country going forward both reflecting the past and giving hope for the future.

Option 4- Standard Landscape

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Many flags around the world have many different symbols on them- stars, sunshine images, crescents etc. However much of Scotland past (and potentially its future, depends of its landscape and geography. Should the flag be as simple as one reflecting that landscape? This version shows the sea and some major rivers. This again builds upon the significance of water to Scotland as reflected in the Scottish Parliament. However, this could be mountain regions, major towns represented by stars in key positions on the flag. Whatever?

Option 5:- Fields and Rivers

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Again this flag draws it inspiration from an inseparable connection of the people to water and the land. The design is simple using on the green background representing the land and the blue representing the sea and move over the rivers that pass through Scotland.

Option 6:- You decide.

If you have an idea, an innovative design or a creative thought- it would be great to hear from you and for you to post your flag either on this blog, email it to be (contacts link above) or post it on the facebook group I have set up: A Flag for Scotland.

Option 7:- Lion Rampant
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An age old design. As ‘Oh Flower of Scotland’ replaced ‘Scot What Hae’ and ‘Scotland the Brave’ over time as the national anthem, will the Lion Rampant replace the saltire as the popular flag of Scotland. The flag was carried by Bruce’s army at Bannockburn however will it continue to remain popular with its strong Royal Links? Only time will tell, but your vote counts! *

Option 8:- The Original Saltire
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As noted in my essay, this was the original flag of Scotland. Could it return to popular favour again?

Option 9:- Green Saltire of Otterburn
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Sometimes history has a funny habit of repeating itself. Like the original black saltire, could we see a return to one of the original green standards of Scotland?

Option 10:- Deer Design Dominates Scottish Landscape
Deer Dominates
Do you like the Lion Rampant but perhaps without the Royal links? After all, how many lion’s do we see in Scotland. Now a deer, that is more like it! Could this dominate the poll just as it dominates the landscape?
Option 11:- Red Eagle Soaring Standard
Eagle Soars
American Presidential flags have eagles and the American psyche see the eagle in many different states. There is nothing more graceful that watching a red eagle soaring above the Scottish landscape. Could this replace the Lion Rampant to become the Eagle Soaring?

Option 12:- Salmon Leaping
Salmon  Leaping
The question we are all asking- will the Salmon be leaping as our poll draws to a close in September 2014.

Option 13:- Landscape Standard

royal standard landscapeThis flag was inspired by some of the previous designs I have already posted, drawing together the particular influences of landscape and animals.

Option 14:- Thistle Standard

royal standard with thistlesThis flag was inspired in a similar was as the above one however it pulls in some thoughts shared by users of the facebook group “A Flag for Scotland”.

 


Voting will be open to midnight on Wednesday 17th September 2014

As a final note:- The RSNO conducted an opinion poll in 2006 to see what people believed was their favourite Scottish national anthem. Over 10,000 votes were cast and “Flower of Scotland” came out top with 41%. “Scotland the Brave” came a close second with 29% and “Highland Cathedral” scored 16%. Burn’s song “A Man’s A Man for A’ That” scored 7% and “Scots Wha Hae” 6%.  Will Scots continue with a conservative outlook or a more radical zeal for change?

 

This story appeared in Scotsman publications soon after the above blog piece was published online:-

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The piece also featured in History Scotland magazine’s expert comment section.

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https://www.celebrate-scotland.co.uk/News-and-Features/1489/Is_it_time_to_ditch_the_Saltire_History_Scotland_expert_blog/

 

References:
Information of the history of the flag of Scotland has come from many books and memory of teaching many classes Scottish history. However I would highly recommend visiting the Scottish Flag Trust Heritage Centre in East Lothian.
Pictures of the designs of the Union flag came from the website of the National Library of Scotland.
Pictures of the EU flag designs came from http://www.designdenhaag.eu/nl/symbols
All other flags have been sourced via copyright free web searches.

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Safety Moments to Learning Moments

Safety moments to learning moments

I always intended for this blog page to be for sharing nuggets of eureka moments, great learning and tremendous teaching. Last week whilst at a meeting in the board room of one of the world’s top oil and gas service provider companies I had one of those moments.

Safety is at the heart if this industry. This runs from oil rigs to board rooms. Before the meeting started, the head of graduate recruitment started the meeting as all meeting chairs now do- with a safety moment.

She shared a story of when safety was important to her (in this instance, it was planning a mountain expedition over her weekend).

It got me thinking. What a great way to anchor the organisation to a core value. Do we do enough of this in education?image

Should we start each meeting with a personal learning moment? Are we lifelong learners? Do we practice what we preach?

Where oil and gas have committed to safety first, have all education organisations fully embedded learning first?

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Call for Ideas

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Never did anyone think that the project, aimed at giving people a voice and stimulating people’s interest in making positive changes in our world, would go international. Two years after the original idea here is the international edition. As the title says, this truly is….. Ideas Without Frontiers

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Together our ideas can make a positive contribution to our society. Together these ideas will help to challenge the apathy of accepting the world as it is and the problems within it. Together these ideas will re-inject the intellectual capacity that is hidden in modern society behind media celebrities and the barrage of advertising in free newspapers and spam emails. It is time for a 21st Century Enlightenment…… will you be playing a part in it?!

Submissions for Ideas 2 are already coming in thick and fast from Scotland to China.

The deadline for submission has been extended to 30th October.

Your ideas should be instinctive, original and from the heart and should not take long to write. Please send to ndr_mclennan@yahoo.co.uk for entry into the next edition.

The book has now entered its second publication and there is now a demand to pull together what I always wanted to aspire to…. A worldwide edition. Indeed, it has gone a stage further. Ideas Without Frontiers is now international!

I am now making an ongoing call for papers to be submitted for this worldwide edition.

The rules of submission are simple.

Ask yourself a question about an issue of current interest of controversy.
Answer that question within 900 words and submit to me on Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman font 12 text.
Try to keep references to a minimum. Where you do use references please ensure they are appropriately credited and use the Harvard referencing system (* see below).
Email your submission to me . ndr_mclennan@yahoo.co.uk Please title your email “IDEAS WITHOUT FRONTIERS”. All submission will be read by the newly formed editorial board (details to be annonced on final member being accepted- watch this space) and those selected will be published before summer 2012.

There are lots of BIG QUESTIONS and lots of brilliant ideas and answers out there…. so come on- put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and get writing! I look forward to seeing the range of topics tackled in this third edtion and to a range of brilliant ideas that will insprie some, influence others and interest all!

Good luck!

* HARVARD REFERENCES should appear as follows:-
In-text citation:-

“An effective structure is important etc etc…….” (Redman, 2006, p.22)

Reference list at end of piece:-

Redman, P., 2006. Good essay writing: a social sciences guide. 3rd ed. London: Open University in assoc. with Sage.

Chapter authors in edited works:-
References to the work of an author that appears as a chapter, or part of a larger work, that is edited by someone else, should be cited within your text using the name of the contributory author not the editor of the whole work.

In his work on health information, Smith (1975) states …

In the reference list at the end of your document, you should include details of both the chapter author and the editor of the entire work:-

Smith, J., 1975. A source of information. In: W. Jones, ed. 2000. One hundred and one ways to find information about health. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ch.2

Introduction to ‘Ideas Without Frontiers’
In November 2010, I emailed the Young Programme delegates to ask if they would be willing to share the papers they had delivered on the programme and any further innovative ideas and papers they had, in a new publication. The publication aimed to share with young people some of the key issues in the world as seen by other young people. It was to be a publication written by young citizens, for young citizens. Never did I think that the project, aimed at giving young people a voice and stimulating young people’s interest in making positive changes in our world, would go international.
Three years later, after increasing interest and demand, here I am writing an introduction to the what is essentially third edition of ‘Political Animals?’ For this edition, though, I have changed the name. From here on the series will be named ‘Ideas Without Frontiers.’ Furthermore I have opened out contributions to all age ranges, given that the readership has no limits and the purpose of this book is to open out and include, not stifle or debar. The overarching aims will be the same, only it will have an international, inclusive dimension both in contributors and, hopefully, readership. This latest edition includes contributions from Poland, Romania, Macedonia, Greece, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Cyprus.
But ‘why the change of title?’ I hear some of you ask. ‘Political Animals?’ was my title of choice way back at the very beginning because I felt there was a perception that young people were disengaging from the political when, in fact, to my mind young people offer the best solutions to socio-economic and thus political problems facing the world. However, on travelling around Europe and speaking with potential contributors, it became apparent that the word ‘political’ had a greater resonance and could act as a deterrent to potential contributors from certain countries. Whilst ideas and education are innately political, it is in essence intellect and problem-solving that we are sharing. Thus, a new title was required.
The doo on the front cover, however, still features as a prominent feature in all the books. I first captured the picture of the doo outside the Scottish Parliament as I waited to go into a meeting in one of the committee rooms. As I stood in the line to go through security I saw a pigeon (or ‘doo’ as they are called in Scotland), sitting above the sign for the Scottish Parliament. It had its backed turned and it seemed to encapsulate the question I was thinking about when pulling these books together: ‘Have young people turned their backs on politics?’ Since then the idea of the bird has grown on me. A bird, far from being ‘bird brained’, has a bird’s eye view of everything that is going on; it can fly high without any glass ceilings to limit it. What is more, it knows no frontiers. Whilst we humans have artificial boundaries established by politics, lines on maps and nation states, birds know not of such divisions. They cross boundaries and see many things. They have the ability, in effect, to ‘cross-fertilise.’ I hope this book will cross boundaries and open many people’s eyes to many issues. We all hold the common tie of humanity and civilization and we are starting to overcome problems collaboratively. For example, the essay on domestic violence written by a contributor in Northern Ireland in 2010 has the same values and aims as another contribution that could have been written at this time, January 2013, to highlight attacks on women such as that on an 11-year old girl in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The picture I have chosen for the front cover of this edition comes from Barcelona. Again I was thinking about the book when I saw a bird take off and fly nonchalantly past the congress building there. I captured it with a view to having it on our third edition. In particular I liked the idea that the bird was on the ground for the first two editions. However, for this international edition it is now flying high.
In ‘Political Animals? 2’ I promised to share with you the lessons of the geese. I am not sure who first wrote it but I continue to see the lessons echoed at education conferences. Some websites accredit it to Dr Robert McNeish. Short of any better information, and having seen it in so many PowerPoint presentations, I credit ‘the lessons’ to him and have added them as the first contribution to this book. They are a set lessons which have close synergies with this book. The Lesson of the Geese is very short and yet very powerful. I think this has been one of the real strengths of both the ‘Political Animals?’ books and hopefully the ‘Ideas Without Frontiers’ books. The essays are short, snappy, rough and ready and yet in a short space of time offer lots. There is lots of detail, fact and opinion but most importantly there is lots of scope for further thinking. The mode of short essays has worked very well indeed and is one of the main pieces of positive feedback that previous editions have received. Brevity and clarity of thought can be more powerful than the lengthy monologues that are traditionally considered intellectual stimulus in a world which is rapidly becoming one of short text messages, tweets, facebook updates and tiny free newspaper articles capturing major world events in a few lines. Intellectual stimulus can be achieved in a small number of words and can be very powerful if it is well thought out, well written and well received. Each of the themes in these books is written in roughly fewer than 900 words.
In history, one of the greatest, most powerful speeches of all time was Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. On that day, 19th November 1863, Edward Everett had given a powerful 13,607 word oration. However it is not Everett’s part that is now most read. Following music, prayers and Everett’s oration, Lincoln spoke for only a few minutes. His speech was only ten sentences long and less than 300 words. In those ten sentences he summarised the conflict and delivered one of the most influential speeches in history. Charles Sumner would later go on to say: “The battle itself was less important than the speech.”
Speech, both written and verbally delivered, sadly is no longer given the same importance in modern society and I hope these books act as a renaissance of writing, a rebirth of reading and a stimulus for thinking and action. I hope you enjoy reading the following short inputs in this wonderful collection of ‘Ideas Without Frontiers’. I hope they have impact, even if only to have you thinking, debating on them or nodding in agreement with the sentiments, ideas and solutions shared. In future I hope you will share your ideas and at the back of this book you can find out how to be part of future editions of ‘Ideas Without Frontiers’.
Neil McLennan
Aberdeenshire, Scotland (March 2013)

About the editor

About the editor
Neil McLennan has held a number of critical roles in supporting and challenging change and improvement in education. He started his career as a history teacher after leaving school with no idea what he wanted to do other than some form of public service. The targets of his initial job applications included teacher training college, the police service and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. After going through the FCO recruitment process his other application to join the police was accepted, as was his application to teacher training college. It was this latter vocation that Neil took up. Since then he has taught history and gone on to be a head of history, development officer for a vocation training programme for disengaged learners, a seconded head of faculty for a large English and Social Studies faculty, the National Development Officer for Enterprise in Education, a Quality Improvement Officer (Education, Culture and Sport) and an Acting Service Manager (Education, Culture and Sport). Neil has also led major organisations supporting education. He was a founding member and the first President of the Enterprise Practitioners Association, an organisation established to share best practice in learning and people development between the education, business and voluntary sectors. He is currently President of the Scottish Association of Teachers of History and represents them in European fora with heritage organisations and Government Ministers’ Working Groups. He also writes history textbooks for Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications. Neil is also the Chair of the Curriculum for Excellence Working Group of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.
In October 2010 Neil attended the Institute of Contemporary Scotland’s Young Programme. This week-long programme is designed to foster and develop future leaders in society. During that week Neil was runner-up as the Scotland and Ireland Young Thinker of the Year, delivering his final paper on change in education. Neil went on to share a number of the delegates’ papers in the publication ‘Political Animals?: Key issues for young citizens.’, motivated by the range of powerful ideas shared on the programme and the drive to share them for the interest and action of the wider world. Since then, Neil has published ‘Political Animals? 2: Key issues for young citizens’ and has gone on to be the 2011/12 Young Scot of the Year. Neil was also a finalist in the UK Young Thinker of the Year, where he delivered a paper on global terrorism. That paper is shared in this book.
In 2013 Neil was honoured by the Royal Society of Edinburgh ‘in recognition of outstanding contributions to civic society, creativity and social enterprise, education and social sciences.’ For his contribution he was awarded the Henry Duncan Medal in Social Sciences, Education, Business and Public Service.
Interest in Neil’s ‘Political Animals?’ as a social capital generator has been widespread. It has grown so much that there was a demand to share the model and open contributions to a wider international community. ‘Ideas Without Frontiers’ © is Neil’s attempt to bring an international community of thinkers and problem-solvers together to discuss major topics of the day, provoke intellectual debate and provide the stimulus for improving our world for everyone in it.

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Institute of Education / HX Conference- Holding a Mirror to Michael Gove

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Educating the Nation(s)

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I am delighted to be presenting at the University of Huddersfield as part of joint University of Huddersfield, The Academy for British and Irish Studies, in association with the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Britishness conference.

http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/abis/events/educatingthenations.php

http://www.history.org.uk/resources/secondary_news_1767.html

To aid delegates today I will use this page to upload a number of different documents for more in depth scrutiny and further reading:-

Social Studies Curriculum Impact Review Documents (Education Scotland, 2013)
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History in the Making- A Report following a public consultation into history education (Neil McLennan 2013)
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https://neilsgleeeclub.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/history-in-the-making/

Two articles, which were later poorly misquoted in the press, which may also be of interest:-

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6225790

http://neilsgleeeclub.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/scottish-field-article/

An overview of history education in Scotland – Neil McLennan, will be available soon via another publication. 

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