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NEW ADES PRESIDENT SPELLS OUT HOPES

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The Scotsman's education supplement (p4) carries a profile of Keir Bloomer, the director of education at Clackmanna...
The Scotsman's education supplement (p4) carries a profile of Keir Bloomer, the director of education at Clackmannanshire Council, who is described by some as a 'prophet' and by others as a 'dangerous maverick'.

The former depute general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland will this week be installed as president of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland at its conference in Edinburgh, the paper reports.

Mr Bloomer will offer a radical agenda to ADES this week. His presidential address will suggest that schools must be made ready for major change ahead, and he will stress the impact of IT, a deeper understanding of the way the brain learns and the need to educate children as part of wider life-long learning.

As ADES president he will also be the management side's point man in a number of likely skirmishes. First of all there will be the education Bill, which will soon enter Parliament and could pitch him against the government.

'The improvement framework must not be narrow,' he says. 'If it is merely target setting writ large it will not take Scottish education much further forward. That is a major area of concern.'

He also faces a battle with the civil service over the planned expansion of the HMI remit to cover council education departments.

'They don't have the necessary expertise for that role,' he says.

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