MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE SCOTTISH EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION SOCIETY
Thursday 27 January 2015, in Strathclyde University
Present: M Alcorn (in the chair), S Beattie, R Cook, G Hamilton, G Hunt, J McKerrecher, D Murphy, C Oates, J Robertson, G Walsh, A Wood.
- Apologies: V Donaldson, A-M Higgins, J Horsburgh, H Kinnear, D McCallum, P Sharp, G Thomson, D Torrance, T Wallace, K Westacott , I White
- Minutes and matters arising: the minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as an accurate record.
- SELMAS Forum: the usual format, including flowers, will operate. Margery McMahon will facilitate the evening. Speakers: Brian Boyd, Juliette Murray (Surgeon), Jim McColl (Clyde Blowers/ Newlands College). Discussion centred in part on costs and it was agreed to repeat the discount for new SELMAS attenders, £30 per ticket, with discount tickets for new attenders of £50 per pair. AW to discuss with St George’s the possibility of a wine at the end of the session. The publicity should mention, in the context of drivers, the availability of drink. AW will send out publicity over the coming weeks.
- SELMAS Banner: the banners have been purchased and are on show. Thanks were expressed to colleagues who helped purchase and transport these.
- Conference Focus Group: a meeting of the focus group (agreed at our last committee meeting) will take place on Wednesday 4 February in Waverley Court to consider how best to plan for next year’s conference.
- Guest, Gary Walsh, Character Scotland: Gary thanked SELMAS for the invitation and welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively. Character Scotland is a charity operating since 2009. Its schools based programme, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is Inspire, Aspire. It has reached some 55 countries across the Commonwealth and seeks to encourage an international dialogue among school students and young people generally around values and attitudes. The second strand looks at character education more generally and seeks to create a space for discussion and debate around such issues. The charity is project funded until August 2015. The project is culminating in a 2-day conference on the 15-16 June in the University of Glasgow with Avis Glaze as one of the key-note speakers. Unfortunately, Judith McClure, one of the speakers for tonight’s event has had to withdraw.
- SCEL, possible joint event: Gillian Hamilton noted that she had now been in post at SCEL for five months and a full board is now in place. Senior staff have been recruited form a range of sectors and the service of consultants is also being pursued. SCEL is now at the stage where it must move from strategy development to practical work. SCEL will now focus on three or four priorities, including its headteacher programme, and seek to build its potential over the next period. In building SCEL’s profile, the organisation is keen to develop cooperative working relationships with a range of relevant organisations, including the strong possibility of a joint SCEL-SELMAS event. The possibility of a joint event focussing on a question such as ‘What is, and how can we best develop, leadership among teachers?’ was discussed. There was discussion about filming/recording such an event (and other such events) for the website. It was agreed that such a joint event would be desirable and there was discussion about administrative approaches to facilitating such an event. Jude McKerrecher intimated a joint Scottish-Chinese Headteacher event on 29 April organised by KISS.
- Centre for Confidence and Well-being, possible joint event (MA): MA mentioned the interest which had been generated by Danny Murphy’s new book. DM spoke about the conclusions of his book around the inequitable nature of the recognition and accreditation of achievement by young people in schools and the possibility of some unified form of ‘Scottish Graduation Certificate’, one not simply about academic attainment but about a wider profiling purpose. GH raised the question of whether such an event should be incorporated into the 2015 conference or as an event to precede the conference. The possibility of such an event in September 2015 was discussed further and it was agreed that MA would meet again with DM and CC to discuss this further.
- Reviewing and updating SELMAS Aims paper (GH): GH offered a range of ideas to update and sharpen the SELMAS Aims paper. It was agreed this would be discussed further at the next meeting.
- Review of Committee functioning (AW): AW warmly endorsed GH’s paper and suggested that the definition of the functioning of the committee could be enhanced in the ‘What Can You Offer SELMAS?’ section of GH’s paper, including attendance at meetings and active work. MA also stressed the need for broader representation on the committee. Agreed to circulate draft and that this also would be discussed further at the next meeting.
- AGM (AW): Agreed the June meeting would be an
- Trasurer’s Report (GH): G Hunt presented her treasurer’s report (attached). Last Scottish government payment March 2014; agreed to pursue further now and possibly also to approach the Gordon Cook Foundation. Agreed that our general approach should be that events should pay for themselves.
- AOCB: there was no further competent business.
- Next Meeting: It was agreed that the next meeting would be at 00 pm on Thursday 26 March 2015, in Waverley Court.