Jane Bradley: Regulation is needed for tutors

There seems to be just one industry where workers can have contact with children without checks, says Jane Bradley

Converge Challenge director Olga Kozlova, centre, with Rebecca Pick of Strathclyde University and Edinburgh University's Richard Walker. Picture: Lesley Martin

Shortlist revealed for student entrepreneurs contest

Converge Challenge, the company-creation competition and start-up development programme, has revealed its 2016 shortlist, with nominees vying for a £150,000 prize fund.

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The biggest reductions have been seen amongst women and mature students. Picture: Toby Williams

Number of students falls dramatically under new college setup

The number of students at Scottish colleges has fallen dramatically, according to a new independent report.

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A virtual classroom. Picture: Fleep Tuque

Ambitious virtual Gaelic school wins £700,000 boost

A SCHEME aimed to widen the availability of subject choices for teenagers in the Western Isles is to benefit from a massive funding boost.

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Pupils hoping to get into high-performing Catholic schools in East Renfrewshire may have to provide baptismal certificates. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Demand for Catholic school places prompts ‘baptism checks’

Pupils who want to attend some of Scotland’s leading Catholic schools may be forced to prove their religion with “baptismal certificates” to tackle the growing clamour for places, it has emerged.

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£33m sports facility at Strathclyde University given green light

Plans to develop a new multi-million-pound sports and health facility at the University of Strathclyde have been approved.

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The move has been launched to make children better equipped to cope when someone they know dies. Picture: TSPL

Death and bereavement on primary schools’ timetable

Children as young as nine are being given school lessons about death to help them cope better with bereavement.

Judy Murray at Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Exclusive: Judy Murray fears for her tennis legacy

There is a soporific calm in the drawing room of the Cromlix Hotel near Dunblane. The wood panelling and heavy drapes keep the morning sun at bay and the only sound is the snap and crackle of logs on the fire. Then in bounces Judy Murray with a snap and crackle of her own and it’s as if there’s been a power surge. This is Murray as I have always envisaged her: a pixie-faced dynamo, commanding yet congenial, focused yet unguarded; and capable of taking on all-comers.

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Switch Pokémon for Plato to boost brain says expert

PRIMARY school children should study Latin and ancient Greek from a young age as it is better for their brains than playing video games, a top neuroscientist has told an audience in the Capital.

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Schools in Perthshire not at maximum capacity face closure. Picture: Steven Brown

Perthshire schools without maximum pupils could be closed down

Schools without the maximum number of pupils could be closed as part of a radical shake up of education services across Perthshire.

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Nicola Sturgeon launches the Reading Challenge with children's author and illustrator Alice Melvin. Picture: PA

Nicola Sturgeon launches new children’s reading challenge

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched an initiative to get more children reading for pleasure.

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The courses will cover areas such as data science and civil engineering. Picture: PA Wire

Building innovation centre to double postgrad intake

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is set to support 30 postgraduate students in the forthcoming academic year – double last year’s figure.

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SOFIA, BULGARIA:  Michael Adams (R) of England plays against Judith Polgar (L) of Hungary during the seventh round of the M-Tel Masters Chess Tournament in Sofia, 18 May 2005.               AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF  (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Females must learn the will to win if they want to compete with men

Girls need to be taught to be more competitive in order to compete with men in areas like sport and business, a major new international study has concluded.

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Parents not speaking to children about ‘sexting’ dangers

Most parents have not spoken to their child about sharing indecent images despite a rise in children seeking counselling about “sexting”, NSPCC Scotland has found.

Some parents encountered a lack of flexibility, with some local authorities only offering half-day places at council nurseries. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Childcare provision ‘unsuitable’ in most areas of Scotland

Childcare provision in most parts of Scotland remains unsuitable for working parents, according to a campaign group.

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Number of twins in Inverclyde schools hits 80

Primary teachers will see double this week as 15 sets of twins start school in one local authority area.

Lairdsland Primary School in Kirkintilloch was recently opened. Picture: JP

SNP has built twice as many schools as previous governments

The SNP government has built or refurbished twice as many schools as the previous administration, Holyrood researchers have found.

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John Swinney has been urged to replace the Scottish Baccalaureate. Picture: John Devlin

Calls to axe SNP’s flagship Baccalaureate after snub by pupils

John Swinney is being urged to ditch the SNP’s flagship Scottish Baccalaureate qualification after it emerged that ­only 103 pupils achieved the award this year.

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Pupils at independent schools, like Loretto in Musselburgh, appealed against 6 per cent of their exam results last year

Private schools pupils more likely to appeal grades

Private schools students are three times more likely to appeal the results of their exams than youngsters at a local authority school, new figures have revealed.

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