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Scottish Education

Number of Scots medical students drops to 10-year low

The number of young Scots studying clinical medicine at university north of the Border has dropped to a ten year-low, official figures indicate.

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For millions of elderly and vulnerable people, winter brings real fear about the cold days ahead.

Redefine the meaning of fuel poverty to better help Scots affected, say experts

Definitions of fuel poverty need to be rethought to allow better understanding of the issue, a team of Scots experts have said.

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The school summer holidays cost parents almost �750 per child. Picture: contributed

Parents pay £124 a week for holiday childcare

Holiday childcare costs in Scotland sees parents shell out an average of £124 per week, according to the Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey.

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New Boroughmuir High School ‘already too small’

A NEW high school that opened its doors in February is already too small, forcing Edinburgh City Council to splash out an extra £4.1 million to extend the premises.

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Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh will need a �4.1m upgrade to take in an additional 300 pupils. Councillors said the rise in numbers could not have been predicted. Picture: Greg Macvean

Months after opening school already too small to cope without extension

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Fettes is set to increase its fees by 5.3 per cent next year, higher than the average hike among private schools. Picture: TSPL

Scottish private schools to hike fees as tax relief set to end

Parents whose children attend private schools are facing significant increases in fees, in part due to plans to end business rates relief for the sector.

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Agnijo Banerjee wouldn't have achieved international success at a maths competition without the teachers at Grove Academy in Dundee, his father said

Leader comment: Teenager’s maths genius is a credit to his teachers

While a certain world leader has repeatedly and spuriously claimed he is a “genius”, a 17-year-old from Scotland now has a much stronger claim to the accolade after winning a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

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The fast-track teaching course has been officially accredited

Fast-track teaching course to plug Scottish gaps gets go ahead

A fast-track teacher training course aimed at plugging shortages has received official accreditation.


MSPs shocked by poor and hungry Scottish pupils

MSPs have expressed their deep concern at increasing child poverty and are appalled that children are going to school hungry.

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Beijing's Forbidden City during her trip to China earlier this year (Picture: Scottish Government)

Melvyn Roffe: Scotland must get ‘China ready’ by teaching Mandarin

About 1.1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese. As the economic, political and cultural power of China grows, the prominence of Chinese is also growing.

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At 15, the Oliver Twist-like Cameron Wyllie used to come home with pockets full of coins, which were gifted by doting female customers, rather than pick-pocketed (Picture: Getty)

Cameron Wyllie: Here’s how the snowflake generation can toughen up

Today’s youth are kind and confident, but they lack the resilience Cameron Wyllie learned from the cast of ‘characters’ at his first job.

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A campaign to save the private St Margaret's School in Edinburgh failed (Picture: Dan Phillips)

John McLellan: Closing private schools makes inequality worse

Pricing out middle-class will create ever-more exclusive institutions, writes John McLellan.

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Childline delivered counselling sessions to 272 children in Scotland who felt lonely in 2017/18

Number of children in Scotland reporting feelings of loneliness on the rise

The number of children who called a helpline because they were experiencing feelings of loneliness has risen 37 per cent in the past year, new figures show.

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The main gates to Beaconhurst school in Bridge of Allan

Beaconhurst school in Bridge of Allan ‘likely to close’ following merger

A long-established private school in Bridge of Allan is likely to close after a proposed merger was revised, with more than 170 pupils now facing the prospect of finding alternative arrangements before the summer holidays end.

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A majority of students studying in Scotland plan to start a career elsewhere after they graduate. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA

Less than a third of students in Scotland plan to stay in the country

Less than a third of students in Scotland say they plan to stay in the country after they graduate, a survey has found.

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Glasgow University students Tahsina Akbar and Ahmed Prapan with the reverse vending machine. Picture: PA

Glasgow University first in UK to install ‘reverse vending’ machine

A Scottish university has installed a “reverse vending” machine for the return of used plastic drinks bottles in the fight against plastic pollution.

Scottish singer Annie Lennox gets sworn in as the Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Picture: SWNS

Annie Lennox named first female chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University

Annie Lennox has been installed as the first female chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University

Education Secretary John Swinney. Picture: John Devlin

Teachers’ union delivers pay rise petition to John Swinney

A petition calling for teachers across Scotland to get a 10% pay rise has been delivered to Education Secretary John Swinney.

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Edinburgh and the Lothians school term dates: the full 2018/19 list for your calendar

The Scottish Summer holidays are nearly upon us - plan ahead for the next academic year with our handy term dates guide.
Education Secretary John Swinney has come under fire for the decision. Picture Michael Gillen

Schools reform bill will not be brought in ‘at this time’, Swinney confirms

Controversial legislation aimed at reforming Scotland’s schools has been ditched, the Scottish Government has announced.

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