Teacher numbers to be hit as councils examine budgets

An analysis of council budget plans reveals cutting teacher numbers is seen as a viable way of saving money, despite admitting it may reduce attainment or damage prospects for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Oxgangs Primary School has previously been in the news when an outdoor wall facade gave way, Picture: Ian Georgeson

Urgent safety review after Edinburgh school’s ceiling collapses

A MAJOR safety review has been ordered at all 17 PFI-built city primary schools after a roof tile collapsed at scandal-hit Oxgangs Primary where an outdoor wall facade previously gave way.

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A UK-wide study of children's reading habits released today reveals Scottish secondary school pupils are not reading challenging enough books

Scots secondary school pupils choosing same novels as under-12s

A UK-wide study of children’s reading habits released today reveals Scottish secondary school pupils are not reading challenging enough books.

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Reading is a joy, a source of learning and a way to become funnier and more interesting

Leader comment: Don’t be a literary wimp

If there’s one thing we learned from the What Kids are Reading report, it’s that kids really like Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. And, apparently, being called “kids”.

Male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harem

Male monkeys with big noses get the girls, proving size matters

Male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harems - proving that size does matter, according to a team of scientists.

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Edinburgh University's Old College building. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Universities need to help poorer Scots pupils win places

Universities in Scotland must make it clearer to bright youngsters from poorer backgrounds what they need to do in order to earn a place, the Commissioner for Fair Access has said.

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Loanhead after-school club and community nursery (Picture: Andrew O'Brien)

Martyn McLaughlin: Will SNP’s childcare plans institutionalise kids?

The SNP’s commitment to social justice could end up imperilling its expansion of free nursery care, writes Martyn McLaughlin.

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Sin�ad Rhodes is an Emeritus Member of the Young Academy of Scotland and the founder of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland Research the Headlines project.

Sinéad Rhodes: Headlines can keep you informed – but we can help you drill down into the latest research

Have you ever made ­lifestyle or diet choices because of something you read in the paper?

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Call for Scots student charges to be considered in UK funding review

The prospect of Scottish students being charged to go to university north of the Border should be examined as part of a review into the funding system for English institutions unveiled by Theresa May, according to the Scottish Tories.

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University of Edinburgh students demand lecture strike compensation

EDINBURGH University students are demanding compensation for lectures they will miss due to the upcoming lecturers strike.

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Anas Sarwar said more needed to be done to encourage ethnic minorities to enter the teaching profession in Scotland. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland needs more ethnic minority head teachers, says Sarwar

A senior Labour MSP has called for action to tackle the lack of ethnic minorities employed in senior education roles in Scotland.

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University of Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Leader comment: Students right to demand money back over university strike disruption

A demand from fee-paying students at Edinburgh University that they should be refunded a proportion of their fees to compensate for days when lecturers go on strike seems to us both reasonable and inevitable.

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Concerns over ‘diluted’ teacher training standards

Concerns have been raised after universities in Scotland to accept students on to teacher training courses even if they do not hold basic qualifications in English and maths

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Martin Davidson, Scottish Director, Outward Bound Trust

Martin Davidson: Challenge is what Outward Bound strives to do – for youngsters and ourselves

Last year the Outward Bound Trust challenged ourselves to become ­bigger, better and bolder than we have ever been. After all, we ask the young people who take part in our residential programmes to seek ­challenge and push themselves ­outside their own comfort zones, so it’s only fitting and correct that we do the same as an organisation and as individuals.

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From left, Dave Bruinvels, Ann Bruinvels and Alice Farrell of Px HealthCare. Picture: Dave Fitch

Tech firms working to extend cancer survival rates by up to five months

Cancer patients in Scotland could soon be able to share symptoms with doctors in real time thanks to technology which aims to increase survival rates by up to five months.

The Data Talent event introduces students from Scottish universities to some of the country's biggest employers. Picture: Contributed

Mining the data – meet and greet gives jobseekers chance to show off skills

Scotland’s top digital technology students will be given a rare opportunity to make contacts with some of the world’s leading companies at a networking event in Glasgow.

A mother and daughter play with toys in their home. The Scottish Government's ambitious policy to double early learning and childcare hours by 2020 has sparked warnings

Nicola Sturgeon warned of major ‘risks’ with SNP childcare plan

There are “significant risks” in the Scottish Government’s ambitious policy to double early learning and childcare hours by 2020, a damning report by the public spending watchdog today warns.

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John Swinney arrives at Waverly Gate. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Plea for evidence to support John Swinney’s school reforms

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School Standards Minister Nick Gibb

Minister Nick Gibb refuses to answer times table question on TV

The minister responsible for a new times tables check for primary school children refused to answer a multiplication sum on TV today.

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Scotland’s trainee teachers set to get lessons from children

Trainee teachers in Scotland could soon be given lessons by schoolchildren to prepare them for life in the classroom, under proposals being considered by the Education Secretary.

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