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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Does anyone really know what the SSDN is?

Today began a marathon session that would begin with a trip to Stirling, weave through a birthday and end with my becoming an uncle again, so for those of you that do check my blog on a regular basis will now realise why these 6 posting appear at once!

The day began with a trip to Stirling Management Centre for two meetings – the NQ Online Focus Group and then the SICTDG SSDN Summit. We have been doing quite a lot of work with the Development Officers at LTS concerning our subject development days and promoting the use of the NQ online website, so it was nice to have positive things to contribute to the NQ meeting. After lunch, we were given a presentation by John Connell about the SSDN, and it was great to have his input in the meeting. Nice also to put a face to a name, as for all the meetings that I have attended about the SSDN, this was the first time I had met him. For the first time today I considered the importance the SSDN will have for FE colleges. This will come back to haunt Scottish education I’m sure. What also for the independent sector?

Out of one meeting and into another. On my arrival in the SICTDG SSDN summit I was given the role of reporting back for my group – gee thanks pals! I’m not going to take credit for this one, but Robert from Shetland made the best point – look at the publicity that ACE has been given, and compare that to SSDN – if it is such an important initiative, why do those at the chalkface know nothing about it?

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