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Church of Scotland General Assembly update: poor being hit hardest by austerity measures

THE morning of the first full day of business at the General Assembly was dominated by the Church and Society Council report, which saw the departing convener, the Rev Ian Galloway, attack the Westminster Government’s deficit reduction as punishing the poorest parts of society “out of all proportion.”


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Warning against East Lothian council’s plan to parachute in headteachers

THE body which regulates teaching in Scotland has warned against plans to “parachute” secondary staff into headteacher positions in primary schools.

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Principal quits Adam Smith college amid bullying claims

THE principal of one of the country’s largest colleges has resigned following an independent review into the running of the institution.


Literacy and numeracy ‘overlooked’ in Scotland’s schools

TEACHERS have been told to focus on basic literacy and numeracy in the classroom as a way of driving up attainment in Scotland’s schools.


Labour call for delay to new Scottish exam system

Labour has urged the Scottish Government to allow schools to delay the implementation of new exams where teachers say they are not ready.


Teacher numbers in Scotland at four-year low

Teacher numbers in Scotland have fallen to their lowest point since 2007, according to official figures out today.

Online poll: Do you support the public sector strike action?

Around 300,000 public sector workers in Scotland are taking strike action today over changes to their pensions, in a mass walk-out which is affecting schools, travel, hospitals and courts.


Ballot blunder blocks action by private school teachers

TEACHERS at Scotland’s private schools will work through the nationwide strike planned for next week, but only after a ballot mix-up which has left many angry at being unable to take industrial action.


Scots universities cash in on overseas students

THE number of international students studying in Scotland has risen dramatically as the country’s universities seek overseas fees as a way of tackling funding shortfalls.

Scottish teachers vote to join strikes over pensions

MEMBERS of Scotland’s largest teaching union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes over proposed changes to pensions.

Students’ TV work praised

STUDENTS from Jewel & Esk College have been praised for their work at the recent Lammermuir Festival.

Poor children ‘still dream of university but system lets them down’

MORE children from poor backgrounds hope to go to university than widely thought, but many do not know how to make their dreams a reality, an influential think-tank has warned.

Philosopher’s new college offers several degrees of difference

PHILOSOPHER AC Grayling has outlined what students will be taught at his new £18,000-a-year private university.

David Coates: Dundee’s new programmes keep costs low for students

THERE are already students from both England and Scotland who are coming straight into second year if they have the qualifications.

Analysis: Headteachers need sanction to maintain order

No-one ever wants to see pupils being excluded from school. It is a drastic final step, which schools will go out of their way to avoid taking.

Gaelic pupils ‘must double to safeguard the language’

THE number of children being taught in Gaelic each year needs to more than double to reverse the decline of the language.

Leader: Deeply troubling picture of today's schools

ACCORDING to the Learning and Teaching Scotland quango, the Curriculum for Excellence is supposed to achieve nothing less than a transformation in Scotland to provide a coherent, more flexible and enriched education for our children.

Scots teachers to vote on whether to boycott Curriculum for Excellence

TEACHERS have agreed to hold a ballot to boycott the development of the Scottish Government's Curriculum for Excellence.

£15m bail-out by taxpayer averts threat of classroom strike, for now

THE Scottish Government has been forced to step in with a £15 million emergency cash injection to stave off a threat of a national strike in schools.

Is it time to change the school year?

RIGHT MOVE Ross Martin

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