Boys three times more likely to have science toys than girls

Boys are almost three times as likely as girls to receive science and maths toys this Christmas, the Institution of Engineering and Technology has said.

The Bookbug mascot with author and illustrator Catherine Rayner at Vogrie Country Park.

Bookbug toys recalled amid safety fears

THE Scottish Book Trust has called for the removal of wooden toys from its toddler Bookbug bags amid safety fears.

Figures show that nearly a third of children in Scotland are at risk of being overweight or obese. Picture: Getty Images

Junk food advertising ban aims to tackle childhood obesity

JUNK food advertising will be banned on all children’s media in tough new regulations to crack down on childhood obesity.

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Scottish education's long-standing reputation as one of the best available in the world no longer holds true.

Leader comment: No margin for error over reforms in education

We should be disappointed but not hugely surprised by the publication of figures which show that the performance of Scotland’s education system has deteriorated when measured against other countries in recent years, and is now rated no better than “average” for maths, reading and science.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney at the official opening of Bilston Primary School last month. Picture: PA

Scotland slips down world education rankings in key subjects

The Scottish Government was accused of presiding over a “decade of failure” after a global study revealed Scotland has slipped down the ­international rankings in reading, maths and science.

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Girls were better at reading but maths scores were similar. Picture: John Devlin

Scots teenage girls outperform boys when it comes to reading

Girls in Scottish schools outperformed boys when it came to reading, the PISA test revealed yesterday.

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The library pods will be part of an effort to combat mental health issues. Picture: Ian Georgeson

University of Edinburgh students vote for library ‘nap pods’

Students at one of Britain’s best universities have overwhelmingly voted in favour of buying ‘nap pods’ for the library.

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Robert Gordon University's Garthdee campus in Aberdeen

Inquiry after firearm found on Aberdeen university campus

An investigation is under way after a firearm was found in the grounds of an Aberdeen university.

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Syrian refugees are driven away in a convoy of buses after landing at Glasgow airport in 2015. Picture: Getty

UK asylum system causing stress to pregnant applicants - study

The UK’s asylum system causes pregnant women prolonged stress and anxiety, heightening the risk of health complications for their unborn child, according to a report.

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SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan spoke to BBC Scotland over child abuse claims. Picture: SNS Group

SFA apologises over failure to deal with child abuse claims

The Scottish Football Association has apologised for failing to properly deal with a past allegation of abuse against a youth coach and assistant referee.

Students from the Universtiy of Glasgow will now be allowed to graduate despite non-tuition debt

Glasgow University backs down on student debt policy

Students will not be prevented from graduating from one of Scotland’s leading universities because of non-tuition debts following intervention from the Competition and Markets Authority. (CMA)

A major Government-commissioned review warned of 'ethnic segregation'. Picture: Neil Hanna/TSPL

Pupils ‘must be taught British values’ claims Westminster review

Schoolchildren should be taught “British values” of tolerance, democracy and respect to help bind communities together amid growing “ethnic segregation” , a major Government-commissioned review has said.

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Grass topped cliffs along the north west coast between the settlement of Edinburgh and potato patches, on Tristan da Cunha.  Picture: Geoff Renner/Shutterstock

Tristan da Cunha islander’s nervous visit to dental school

A student from the world’s most remote inhabited island has travelled 6,500 miles to take lessons at a Scottish university.

Jonathan Pryce. Picture: submitted

Game of Thrones ‘High Sparrow’ gives Edinburgh Napier talk

Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce has shared his experiences of working on the stage and screen with Edinburgh Napier students at a special Q&A event.

The number of lollipop men and women across Scotland has fallen over the last three years. Picture: Toby Williams/TSPL

Lollipop men and women numbers down across Scotland

A majority of local authorities in Scotland have cut spending on lollipop men and women in the past three years, research has found.

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Minister for Early Years, Mark McDonald confirmed that the age of responsibility would be raised. Picture: Contributed

Age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to rise from 8 to 12

The Scottish Government has announced it is to raise the age of criminal responsibility from eight to 12.

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Scots Scriever Hamish MacDonald with John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education. Picture: Callum Bennetts

Banning children using Scots language ‘damages education’

To tell a child that the Scots language is corrupt is potentially damaging and hold back educational attainment, the Scots Scriever has said.

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Students must embrace new ways of learning, says Joshua Ryan-Saha. Picture: Jane Barlow

Joshua Ryan-Saha: Universities must reimagine learning for data age

In today’s digital world, we should look at our traditional institutions and ask whether they will meet the demands of the future, says Joshua Ryan-Saha

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The Scottish Government has been accused of failing in education. Picture: Greg Macvean

SNP accused of presiding over ‘endemic failures in education’

Scotland’s education system has been broken by the SNP, with a whole generation of pupils being failed by the Scottish Government, Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said.

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The test can be used to detect Atlantic salmon infected with salmonid alpha virus. Picture: Stephen Mansfield

Scots scientists devise test to detect disease in Atlantic salmon

A new diagnostic test to detect a significant disease which can strike Atlantic salmon, and which could save the aquaculture industry millions of pounds, has been developed by scientists at the University of Glasgow.

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