The demands of my job make it difficult to get out and actually visit centres to talk to teachers and students but at the end of last week I managed to visit two colleges that I have previously taught in.
On Thursday afternoon I visited Clydebank College, at the invitation of Graeme Downey, and met several of my ex-colleagues. Graeme, kindly, gave me the chance to talk to students and I had a discussion with a group of NC students and a group of HNC students. It was very interesting to get the students' perspective on SQA courses. It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that the amount and type of assessment figured prominently in the students' feedback.
On Friday, I met with ex-colleagues from Stow College and, once again, it was interesting to hear ordinary teachers' views on SQA qualifications. Ron Dillin had kindly arranged this. I got plenty of feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of our awards.
It's good to get out and meet teachers and students so don't hesitate to contact me if you would like me to visit your centre. I can't promise to always be available but either myself or Caroline or Hilary will try to accommodate you.