Two fingers to the public and councillors.

If you read the previous blogs on Empowering our Educators, you would think we were still in a consultation phase and that any decisions will be made at the next Community Services meeting of the council.

Despite that, the following letter was issued the other day by Douglas Hendry:

This appears to be jumping the gun, big time. Why make a post of executive head permanent before councillors make a decision? Two fingers indeed. But not only that, the model proposed has hardly gone down well with the people of Tiree. Look at this extract from the survey the community council did:

To see the full results, they are at this link:

Argyll & Bute Council doing what they always do. Stuff the public, stuff the consultation, we’ll just do what we want anyway.

By breslin_admin

I am a retired college principal and, for 5 years, a retired former councillor with Argyll & Bute Council. A member of South Cowal Community Council.


  1. At around the same time as the Acting Executive Head of Tiree High School was appointed as substantive Executive Head, the Times newspaper published its most recent School League Table for Scotland.
    It shows that Tiree High School is ranked at number 340 out of 342!!! I wonder how the good people of Tiree now view the outcome of the Executive Head model for their community and its children. Looks like Council officials have once again made a gross miscalculation by pressing ahead with a project before elected members have had the opportunity to vote on it. If the evidence of the Tiree experiment is anything to go by, the project which has been roundly condemned by education professionals, parents groups, trade unions and communities across Argyll & Bute should now be binned.

  2. Given the woeful position of Tiree High School in the Times League Table (340/342), the newly appointed Executive Head regime faces a daunting task in raising the attainment of the island’s pupils. Let’s see if they are up to the task. Argyll & Bute Council owes it to the people of Tiree to ensure that a robust improvement plan is developed as a partnership with the school and its wider community, recognising the island’s unique heritage, culture and values. Unless such a plan is supported by investment and consistent staffing levels on the island to ensure maximum face to face teaching, little will change.

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