Liam Fee’s social worker branded ‘erratic’ by manager

A social worker involved in the care of tragic tot Liam Fee has been branded “disorganised”, “chaotic” and “the most erratic person I have worked with” by her manager at a probe into her conduct.

The Curriculum for Excellence has created a climate of fear. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New advice sent out to reduce pressure on Scots teachers

New “streamlined” guidelines for Scotland’s school curriculum have been set out in an attempt to reduce pressure on teachers and raise educational attainment levels.

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Education Secretary John Swinney. Picture: John Devlin

John Swinney to meet with historic child abuse survivors

Survivors of historical child abuse have said a meeting with John Swinney will have a “major impact” on whether they continue to engage with Scotland’s crisis-hit national inquiry.

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Exterior view of Whitburn Academy.

West Lothian teacher faces ban after being accused of sleeping with pupil

A SIXTH year student returned to his hotel room on prom night to find one of his teachers in bed with a fellow pupil, a hearing was told today.

Scientists are a step closer to developing a test for early-stage Parkinson's disease. Picture: PA

Scientists close on test for early-stage Parkinson’s disease

Scientists are a step closer to developing a test for early-stage Parkinson’s disease.

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Mark McDonald with primary school children, who he believes will benefit from early exposure to education

Councils challenge SNP vow to double free childcare

Flagship plans to introduce Scandinavian-style free childcare in Scotland and attract a generation of mothers back into the workplace have been branded “irresponsible” and could be torpedoed by a lack of funding and planning.

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Early learning is thought to encourage a later development

Leader: Parents’ lives will be transformed by nursery plan

The Scottish Government seeks transformational change through its childcare policy, and today the Minister for Childcare and Early Years outlines his commitment to achieving this goal.

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Under current rules private tutors are not required to undergo any background checks before offering lessons to young people. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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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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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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