An incredible thing happened last week. The General Teaching Council of Scotland sent its members an email informing them that the fees had been increased by £15, from £50 to £65 a year. And suddenly the world of social media went ballistic with rage. Apoplectic teachers unleashed a firestorming mix of criticism, disbelief, abject disappointment and dejection. They were unhappy at a 30% increase in the fees despite their own meagre pay awards decreasing in value compared to the rise of living costs in the…Continue Reading “Tipping Point”

Tell your tales, set yours sails, you’re on your way In January 2001, I left my job as a projectionist at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh and set off for the bright lights of Bottrop, Germany to work as a British Council lingua-assistant in a Grundschule (primary school). I played this song by The Guthries on repeat before I left. It was a transformative experience. Overnight I became the exotic teaching legend of Herr McLauchlan (not my own definition). As soon as I returned I…Continue Reading “Season To Leave: let’s go exploring”

  I started school in 1980. My p1 teacher’s name was Mrs Tullock. I thought she was lovely. At the end of p1 I placed a penny in a tictac box to remember her. I only remember 5 things about primary 1. 1. I remember getting a gold star for the neatest colouring in of a circle.  It was the most perfectly coloured in circle in the history of that forgotten sport. 2. I was the only person to get an orange snow plough tractor…Continue Reading “Lochgelly Tawse”

My name is Athole McLauchlan and this blog is my new professional portfolio. I had a short lived one previously here http://video-school.blogspot.co.uk and a slightly better loved travel blog here http://furry-boots.blogspot.co.uk I live and work as a primary teacher in Glasgow with my partner Kathy and our two amazing young children, Jamie and Rosalyn. Why is it called ‘through the windae’? (Through the window) One of my favourite Scottish films is Gregory’s Girl, a beautifully observed and hilarious film about teenage awkwardness and football, set in the near-future vision…Continue Reading “Let’s get on with it, shall we.”