Barbers think outside the box to give homeless free haircuts

They’ve been transformed into tiny bespoke coffee kiosks, ticket offices for tourist attractions and even tapas bars after lying abandoned for years.

Plastic-stemmed cotton buds were one of the most common items found on Cramond Beach (Picture: Catherine Gemmell/Marine Conservation Society)

Jane Bradley: Toxic plastic waste is returning from sea to poison us

Wet wipes, straws and ‘mermaids’ tears’: Jane Bradley on the marine plastic epidemic that’s poisoning our food.

Opinion 10
Fettes College in Edinburgh is one of Scotland's top private schools.

Poll: Scots want private school charity status axed

Most Scots want private schools to be stripped of their charitable status, according to a new poll.

Education 568
Employers can reap the benefit of a diverse workforce

Lauren Brown: Employers should tap into a well of creative ideas from a diverse workforce

One of my genuine wishes for 2018 is that Scotland can ably demonstrate to the world what a wonderfully rich and diverse workforce we have. We will show how we can positively ­transcend individuals’ perceived barriers, break down prejudices and have a 100 per cent focus on equality in the workplace.

Opinion 4
S. Karly Kehoe, Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

S. Karly Kehoe, Debora B. F. Kayembe and Shawki Al-Dubaee: Academic refugees have much to offer countries which give them a safe haven

Imagine what it would feel like if you had your career ripped out from under you. If you had your entire life’s work destroyed by people who feared your critical appraisal. How would you feel if, all of the sudden, you became a ­target for violence or retribution just because you worked at a university and were considered to have intellectual ­abilities?

Opinion 8
Scotland faces severe accommodation shortage for university students on campus

Scotland faces severe accommodation shortage for university students on campus

Scotland has a “clear problem” with providing accommodation for university students on campus, an MSP has claimed.

Politics 2
Two-thirds of Scottish teachers do not get ‘sufficient’ mental health training

Two-thirds of Scottish teachers do not get ‘sufficient’ mental health training

Two-thirds of teachers in Scotland do not feel they have received sufficient training in mental health according to the findings of a survey carried out by a leading charity.

News 7

Which Scottish schools could be closed tomorrow due to snow?

Schools in the Scottish Borders will remain closed tomorrow following heavy snowfall.

Education 1

Heavy snow causes closure of all schools in Scottish borders

All schools have been closed in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday after heavy snow overnight.

Dumfries & Borders 1
The boy was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Picture: Donald Thomas

Boy, 11, hurt after wall section collapses at primary school

An 11-year-old boy has been injured after part of a school playground wall fell off.

Aberdeen & North East
The S3 pupils during their lesson. Picture: Facebook

Scottish high school sparks debate over pheasant-butchering lesson

A teacher at a Scottish school has sparked fierce debate among parents after getting children in the class to prepare pheasants for eating.

Education 51
Thomas Sutherland and Emily Martin with a model  helicopter, designed as part of a new work placement scheme at Leonardo MW in Edinburgh. Photograph: Alistair Linford

Apprentices at defence giant give Scottish pupils a workplace wow factor

The first day in a work placement can be a terrifying prospect for Scotland’s secondary school pupils, facing a whole week surrounded by adults, hoping it will not be spent making the tea.

Education 1
Third year maths university student to help out while school attempts to fill two vacancies.

Canadian teacher at Scottish school has visa fast-tracked

A Canadian teacher forced to leave the UK and her teaching job in Scotland due to visa issues will be back in the school next month.

Education 8
Parents at Drummond Community High are concerned about plans to turn the school into a dedicated Gaelic education centre. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Gaelic plan for Edinburgh school branded ‘social cleansing’

FURIOUS parents at a city secondary school have accused education chiefs of attempting what they called “social cleansing” over tentative plans to redesignate it as a dedicated facility for Gaelic education.

Education 32

Scots schools sends unruly pupils back to primaries as punishment

Unruly pupils who forced education bosses to call in the police have been sent back to primary schools for work experience as punishment.

Education 27
The number of students taking a computer science course in Scotland rose by nine per cent compared to 2015-16. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Rising number of Scots studying for full-time degrees

The number of Scots beginning a full-time first degree course has risen by 12 per cent in the last decade, new figures have revealed.

Education 18

Ruth Davidson: Time to end the chaos in the classroom

Curriculum for Excellence needs to be rebalanced to focus on learning, writes Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Opinion 63

Time to ‘reset’ curriculum for excellence, say Scots Tories

The curriculum for excellence (CfE) determining what pupils study, needs ‘reset’, Scottish Conservatives say.

Education 26
Teachers generally, and maths teachers in particular, are in short supply in Scotland. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Experienced maths teacher in England ‘told to retrain’ for Scots job

A secondary maths teacher who has worked in schools south of the border for decades has told how she has been stopped from taking a job in the shortage subject in Scotland due to regulations put in place by the national teaching body.

Education 439
A refugee child beside one of the charging units. Photograph: R Leask/University of Edinburgh/PA

Medal awarded to creators of refugees’ solar charger

Students from Edinburgh University who created a solar charger to allow refugees to charge their mobile phones have been awarded the institution’s prestigious Principal’s Medal for their work, as they prepare to roll out the technology across more camps in Europe – and into communities in Africa.

Education 2
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