Scottish Government failed to improve education, say critics

International experts appointed by John Swinney to boost Scotland’s education performance have warned against focussing too much on the Scottish Government’s schools reform and plans for more testing.

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Learning coding skills are essential to secure the jobs of tomorrow, says Marc Dinardo

Marc Dinardo: Coding skills will be vital to finding future jobs

Coding will soon become an essential skill for all future employment opportunities, writes Marc Dinardo

Sharing data between public bodies and private sector tech giants has the potential to revolutionise health provision the world over. Picture: Tony Marsh/TSPL

Dr Google will see you now: How data can revolutionise healthcare

It’s a Fringe show billed as both funny and informative. Doctor Google Will See You Now, which takes place as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, addresses the important issue of how shared data could help our health prospects - while still trying to entertain.

Scottish Labour believe the figures reinforce the case for a school-based counsellor in every secondary. Picture (posed by models): John Devlin

Mental health targets missed for Scots children

Thousands of children have been left waiting for mental health treatment as the Scottish Government’s target for young people being treated within 18 weeks has been missed.

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Back to school money saving hacks revealed

Even sending your child to a state school can make up a significant proportion of household incomes, so how can we save pennies?

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney plays with David Mckay and Library outreach worker Alison Nolan as he takes part in in a workshop at Newark Primary School, Port Glasgow. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish schools in poorest areas to get £45m

More than £45 million is to go to schools in Scotland’s most deprived areas to help close the gap in attainment with more affluent neighbourhoods.

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Nicola Sturgeons reading challenge has been taken up by about 75 per cent of schools in its first year. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Reading standards in Scotland falling behind UK, study warns

Scottish pupils rank among the poorest in the UK nations when it comes to improvements in reading, according to new research.

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Leader comment: Follow through needed on school reforms

Leader comment: Follow through needed on school reforms

It seems a distant memory when Scotland was able to claim one of the finest education systems in the world. That mantle has less slipped than tumbled. And a new report confirms that we are continuing to slide.

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The Labour leader has insisted he did not promise to write off student debt as he campaigned for the youth vote in the general election. Picture; PA

Jeremy Corbyn: I never promised to write off student debt

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he did not promise to write off student debt as he campaigned for the youth vote in the general election.

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Many schools actively encourage pupils to discuss disasters like the Grenfell Tower fire.

Leader comment: Schools not shying away from reality

The respected American academic Henry Giroux is correct when he says that schools are failing their pupils if they do not provide the opportunity for discussion of disasters that dominate the news.

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There are now 2,524 schools in Scotland compared with 2,730 ten years ago

More than 200 Scottish schools axed in past decade

More than 200 schools have shut down in Scotland over the past decade, prompting fresh concerns over falling classroom standards and overcrowding.

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A collapsed wall at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh. Several buildings built under PFI contracts were found to have serious faults

SNP ‘failing to learn from Edinburgh schools scandal’

The Scottish Government has come under fire for failing to learn the lessons of the Edinburgh schools scandal after ministers stepped back from new laws to improve safety controls.

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The proportion of firsts handed out by UK universities has soared, with a third of institutions now grading at least one in four degrees with the top honour. Picture: David Cheskin/PA Wire

First-class degrees on the increase at Scottish universities

The proportion of firsts awarded by UK universities has soared with a third of institutions now grading at least one in four degrees with the top honour, figures released today reveal.

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The Tamagotchi - Japanese for 'cute little egg' - was hugely popular in the Nineties. PIcture: TSPL

20 of the biggest Scottish school playground crazes

Pogs, slap bracelets and of course, Tamagotchis. We’ve looked out 20 of the most popular playground fads from the last 50-60 years.

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Laura Muir is likely to miss the 2018 Games. Picture; John Devlin

Scottish runner Laura Muir ‘likely’ to miss 2018 Commonwealth Games

Runner Laura Muir is set to skip next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia to focus on her veterinary medicine degree.

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Students walk past a mural in John Street, Glasgow. The city has been found to be the least-affordable for students in the UK. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Glasgow ‘least affordable city in the UK’ for students

Glasgow is the least-affordable city in the UK for students while Aberdeen is among the most cost-effective, a new study has suggested.

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Researchers from Stirling looked at the effects a small group of beavers had on a wetland in Tayside originally drained for farming. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Beavers ‘boost biodiversity and improve wetlands’

Beavers, well-known “ecosystem engineers”, can help restore wetlands and boost biodiversity, new research has found.

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The study looked extensively into the gait and biomechanics of T-Rex. Picture: University of Manchester/PA Wire

Bulky T-Rex ‘could not have moved at high speed’

The world’s most famous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex, could not move at high speed because its legs would have broken, according to a new study.

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The �1 million project will examine ways of preventing hackers enticing people into downloading malware

Aberdeen university leads global project to battle cyber-attacks

A major international project to prevent organisations and businesses being hacked by cyber-attacks is being spearheaded by the University of Aberdeen.

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A month after a massive fire claimed the lives of at least 80 people, investigations continue at Grenfell Tower in north London. Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Cladding ‘used on Grenfell Tower’ found on 44 Scottish schools

A type of cladding reported to have been used on the Grenfell Tower has been found on 44 school buildings, the Scottish Government has said.

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