Last night saw the inaugural Instrumental Parents’ Evening in NBHS. Held in the school’s attractive Library, the atmosphere was congenial and I had the impression that most people were happy with the way things turned out. With five minutes per appointment, time was at a premium and, in the case of older pupils, it was important to bear in mind that a few undescribed years had passed. This is particularly true when a previously hard working pupil’s uncharacteristic loss of focus just happened to coincide not only with approaching exams but also with this event.
As I write, a programme on BBC1 about Scotland’s only Young Offenders Institute in Polmont is playing its part in keeping the big picture in mind.