Professor Willie Wardle is in the letters page of the Herald today not really explaining why he thinks the SQA ‘bungled’ things, far less how the moderation and [improved] averages ‘swamp individuals‘ and definitely not explaining why the SG should be holding the SQA’s hands, making daily decisions for it, any more than when critics like Pennington say it should do the same for health boards.

To be fair, he doesn’t seem to have actually suggested a kicking for anyone. Headline editor, Conor (16) will have seen that in some other headlines, about Nicola.

Anyhow, who is Wardle and who is he to us? He seems to have been principal at James Watt College until resigning in 2007. See this:

THE principal who twice brought Greenock”s college to the brink of strike action has finally quit his post. Bill Wardle had been on long-term sick leave since October, just weeks before potential industrial action by both the EIS teaching union and Unison support staff. Now acting principal Dr Graham Clark has announced Mr Wardle will “pursue other interests”. An email, leaked to the Tele, states: ‘Professor William Wardle has taken the decision, for personal reasons, that the time is appropriate for him to leave his post as principal and chief executive of James Watt College. The board of management wishes him well for the future.’ Allan Ferguson, EIS branch secretary, said a reported £5 million deficit will be Prof Wardle”s legacy and could lead to job losses.

Wardle had been a professor of education in England before that, leaping from a York university to an Inverclyde FE college in 2002. Perhaps he was on a lefty mission to help the disadvantaged? See below.

Since then he’s been a consultant.

So recent and relevant experience at the same level as Prof Pennington, then?

Wardle is a conservative figure when it comes to education. Former BBC Scotland news supremo, John Boothman, wrote this of him last December in the Times:

A leading educationalist has called for a return to charging Scottish university undergraduates and an end to “social engineering” that can see less well-off students gain access at the expense of wealthier ones with superior grades.