Leader: ‘City leaders must monitor these pressures’

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WE ALL should be proud that Edinburgh is the most cosmopolitan city in Scotland.

The rich cultural mix that comes with people arriving from all corners of the globe is a key part of what makes our “festival city” great. From Italian ice cream parlours (and countless other eating places) to renowned Indian surgeons, French footballers to cheerful Australian bar staff, we are surrounded by examples of how immigrants have enriched our lives in the Capital.

Exposure to different languages and cultures at a young age is extremely positive for our children too. Just ask Grant Gillies, headteacher of Dalry Primary, where three-quarters of pupils speak English as a second language. Here is proof of just how successful a flourishing multi-
cultural school can be.

As the number of pupils who need extra help with their English continues to grow – more than doubling in recent years, to one in every 11 students – it is reassuring to see Grant and his team are sharing their expertise with other schools. Teaching children who are not yet fluent in English of course takes extra resources. All parents will be anxious to know that their children’s school is getting the support it needs to cope and will be concerned by the warning from the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association.

City education leaders must monitor these pressures closely to ensure schools can continue to reap the dividends of Edinburgh’s international appeal.

Stay united

There is a stark contrast in the reaction of many Hearts fans to the latest setback to hit the club.

Some are ready to rally to the cause and dig deep once again, while others are understandably wary of investing more of their cash when the future is so uncertain. The most important thing right now is for Jambos to stay united and work together to secure the best possible future for the Jam Tarts.

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