Man who raised the standards

A FORMER head teacher who is now part of the Scottish Government’s task group on attainment, Brian McAlinden was credited with driving up results at Castlemilk High School.

With a deprived catchment area and poor league table position, Mr McAlinden worked on raising standards for all pupils, not simply focusing on Higher results. He was praised in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education in 2008 for his impact on pupil attainment through raising the school’s ambitions and expectations.

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Castlemilk received six ratings of “excellent” out of 17 areas in the report – the most recorded by any school in Glasgow and the second-highest rating ever recorded at the time.

The following year he was made a CBE for services to education. He is now part of a five-strong group set up to improve attainment in schools.