In this paper I wish to discuss the Scottish Guidance
System: its birth and early development, its theory and its
practice as seen through a sample of Edinburgh Secondary
Schools and comment on its possible future.
The scope of this kind of analysis is quite enormous
and I only scratch the surface. A more detailed survey will
need to be done if effective assessment of the current situation
is to be made for the whole of Scotland.
While developing this paper over the past three years I
have found that my own attitudes have changed with regard to the
objectives and relative merits of this system called Guidance,
This I feel is healthy and I am sure the System can stand all
the twists and contortions placed upon it. It is a dynamic
area dealing with people in their own unique situations
requiring unique assessments and solutions. As it develops as
an ongoing enterprise it gains in confidence, makes mistakes,
assesses and re- assesses, growing in promise each year. Can it
fulfil all that it promises? I hope that this survey in some
way shows how Edinburgh Schools are responding.