basically its the headmaster. If he is good school is good.
I'd like to think that's true, Oz, but I'm not so sure.
In Glasgow, it's not unusual to have urban schools with 1000-1200 pupils, with wildly varying backgrounds and abilities--- and all the time severe budgetary constraints from the Council, while at the same time demanding ever higher standards across the board.
At the weans' school they've taken to cutting jotters in half horizontally and not replacing teachers who've retired or are off long-term with stress or other illnesses.
In some departments of the weans' school, such as art or tech, the imaginative ideas of pupils are restricted according to what the school can 'afford' in materials.
And because teaching staff shortages are common, we get the scenario I talked about already---composite classes where a teacher's expected to teach different levels of a subject within the one class.
Even the brightest of heidies are gonna struggle wi that lot.
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