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Improving reading from Clackmannanshire to West Dunbartonshire

In the 1990s, two different studies began tracking the outcomes of reading interventions in Scottish schools.   One, run by Joyce Watson and Rhona Johnston then from the University of St Andrews, started in 1992/3 in schools in Clackmannanshire, which hugs the River Forth, just to the east of Stirling. 1,638 more words

Synthetic Phonics

Where diverse religious beliefs and local superstitions grow, curses seem sure to follow – and Scotland is no different. Below is a variety of curses from throughout the country’s history – read on for stories of mummies, cursed fields, powerful stones and more… 1,980 more words


Exploring Scotland: King's Seat Hill

Dollar Glen

After finishing the series ‘Merlin’, on Netflix (RIP season 6), we decided to visit Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Whilst looking up information about Arthur’s Seat we also discovered a hill called ‘King’s Seat Hill’ in Dollar, and, in continuing the theme of hills and royalty, we decided to pay it a visit.  339 more words



From where I write I can see that every ten minutes or so a bus passes.  When I started writing this post I had no idea that on the front of each bus was an insignia that linked each one to this country house located hundreds of miles away. 3,126 more words


Clackmannanshire revisited

The Clackmannanshire study is often cited as demonstrating the positive impact of synthetic phonics (SP) on children’s reading ability. The study tracked the reading, spelling and comprehension progress, over seven years, of three groups of children initially taught to read using one of three different methods; 1,362 more words


A person has to be transcendent somewhere

This is a film about the lost tower of Hartshaw in Clackmannanshire.

Two Cultures

RSPB Bird viewing structure

Nearly there – what you see here is the beautiful design of Andy Siddall of Civic Architects with whom I’m currently collaborating to create a bird viewing structure for the RSPB on the Upper Forth, near Alloa. 69 more words