Roger Crofts: Geography undervalued in understanding of world

Improving skills in ­literacy and numeracy are vitally important components of school education. But it is wrong to assume that these can only be achieved by teaching English and Mathematics respectively. Many other subjects can and do teach these skills using real life examples.

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Daniel Broby  of CeFRI sees blockchain unlocking opportunities.

Where do I learn skills needed to work in Scotland’s fintech sector?

From the days when Clydeside rattled with the roar of shipbuilding to oil and steel manufacturing, engineering and medical breakthroughs, brewing, textiles and agriculture, Scottish industry and skills have led the way.

Meeting the challenges that each industry brings, evolving to meet fresh demands and carving a successful reputation as a world leader – whether in distilling or banking, jute, journalism or Dolly the Sheep – Scotland has consistently punched above its weight.

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Cycling to school is is on the increase but fewer pupils are walking. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Walking to school at its lowest for at least eight years

The proportion of Scottish pupils walking to school is at its lowest for at least eight years, a survey by cycling and walking charity Sustrans showed today.
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Stephen Miller. Picture: Michael Gillen

Headteachers driven out by demands and stresses of job

Scotland’s schools could be facing a leadership crisis because the “stresses and demands” of being a headteacher means senior staff do not want the job, MSPs have been told.

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Ann Southwood: Second chance at Newbattle Abbey College

IN 1937, the Marquis of Lothian gifted his stately home at Newbattle, Midlothian, to the people of Scotland. He wanted adults who had never had an education to benefit. As we celebrate Newbattle Abbey College’s 80th anniversary this year, that founding principle is stronger than ever.

River City on a Tuesday instead of Holby City is one of the few downsides to living in Scotland for Nicky McPherson

Nicky McPherson: Life in Scotland fab for my English family

Last October, Scotland was ranked best place in the UK for quality of life, beating its English, Welsh and Irish neighbours hands down.

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Lorraine Thomson, Business Engagement Manager for the Highlands and Islands, Interface.

Lorraine Thomson: Academics ready and able to help business

Research and development is sometimes viewed as being only for big ­businesses producing pioneering products – however, even the ­smallest of enterprises has the ­potential to make an impact through innovation.

NFU Scotland wants the school milk scheme to include local cheese and yoghurt. Picture: Julien Behal/PA

NFU Scotland calls for expansion of school milk scheme

NFU Scotland has called for a review of Scotland’s school milk scheme to be used to expand the offer to cover local cheese and yoghurt for youngsters as a means of helping educate children on healthy eating.

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False allegations destroying teachers’ lives - union

Teachers who have allegations made against them by pupils or parents should not automatically be suspended, one of Scotland’s leading teaching unions said yesterday.

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Far from being seen as an occasional treat, sugary, unhealthy snacks are all too often seen as a regular feature of childrens diets. Picture: Getty Images

Jane Bradley: We are nation of junk food pushers

With children bombarded by sweet treats, we need schools to take a stronger lead on healthy eating says Jane Bradley

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Teachers say there are too many policy changes in education.

Teaching union votes for ‘moratorium on education changes’

Secondary school teachers have voted overwhelmingly for a moratorium on change in education policies for a minimum of three years in Scotland to counter the “almost continuous change” of the last ten years.

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Scottish Book Trusts Bookbug encourages story-telling for kids

Marc Lambert: Tune in to young children’s needs with a song

This is Bookbug Week, an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book gifting programme, when hundreds of free events for children and babies are held across the country.

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Teachers say they want more time to teach pupils.

Teaching union calls for end to “more rules by big guns”

The president of one of Scotland’s leading teaching unions says the profession will not improve unless there is an end to “more rules and governance by top-heavy big guns.”

Youngsters need guidance and inspiration before entering work.. Picture: Michael Gillen

Stewart Nicol: Talk to kids about work – they need support

John Donne’s famed quote ‘No man is an island’ certainly rings true when it comes to Scotland’s young people and the support they need to ­realise their potential.

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Dr Rowena Arshad, Head of Moray House School of Education appears before Holyrood's Education and Skills Committee. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Calls for reading and basic maths tests for new teachers

Trainee teachers should be made to sit new tests in numeracy and literacy before being allowed in the classroom, Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said.

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Education secretary John Swinney has urged lecturers to call off planned industrial action. Picture: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

John Swinney: ‘students may fail degrees because of strikes’

Scottish College students are in danger of failing their degrees and exams as a result of a recent spate of strikes by lecturers, education Secretary John Swinney has said.

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Nicola Sturgeon has issued reassurances about patient information following a cyber attack which hit NHS boards across Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to set out Scots currency plan

Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls to set out her long-term plans for the currency which would be used by an independent Scotland.

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Liz Smith MSP

Sturgeon admits curriculum’s literacy and numeracy failures

Scotland’s curriculum is failing to teach literacy and numeracy skills adequately, Nicola Sturgeon admitted yesterday as she was forced to confront the SNP’s record on education.

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Only after external advice has the Scottish Government recognised that the Curriculum for Excellence is not working.

Flaws raise doubts over CfE’s suitability

Why has it taken the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to suggest how the Scottish Government could improve the poor performance in literacy and numeracy across our schools?

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A variety of so-called essay mills advertise their services to students. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Essay-writing firms preying on students, say universities

An “essay mill” company selling essays to students said it is doing nothing wrong and they are here to stay.

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