Testing times demand a grown-up debate about measuring P1 progress

Has John Swinney done a good job of selling standardised testing? Clearly not. Will data gathered from P1 assessments be of limited value? Perhaps. But if the attainment gap isn’t properly measured, how will we ever know if it’s been closed?

A ‘snooper’s charter’ is no match for Facebook

It will surely come as a shock to many people that while the authorities can tap phones, open mail, bug houses and put suspects (and their dogs) under surveillance, they can’t access a digital source of evidence that prior to the crime may have been viewable by hundreds of people, or even been largely public.

A Feminist’s Guide to the Festivals: Best of the Fringe

Natalie Palmides: Nate This isn’t just the best thing I saw at this year’s Fringe – it’s one of the best things I’ve even seen anywhere. Natalie Palamides won Best Newcomer at last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards and if she isn’t nominated for the main prize this year I’ll be furious. The less you knowContinue reading “A Feminist’s Guide to the Festivals: Best of the Fringe”

A Feminist’s Guide to Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

“Revolting women”, game-changers and activists from around the world are coming to the capital for this year’s festival. Here are some programme highlights for the feminist festival-goer.

A Feminist’s Guide to the Festivals: A dozen more Fringe shows worth investigating (in time order)

In our final “pick of the Fringe” blog, here are the rest of the shows that caught our eye but didn’t fit them theme of any of the other hit lists.