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A week in secondary: 21 July 2017

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Schools that are only a few miles apart are offering pupils a vastly different number of subjects to choose from at Higher, new research shows. Figures collected by the Scottish Conservatives reveal that some schools offer as many as 27 subjects, while others run as few as 13. Liz Smith, the party’s education spokeswoman, blamed teacher shortages for the disparity, but council umbrella body Cosla said that the survey ignored pupils who travel to other schools to access subjects.

Cladding of the type used on London’s Grenfell Tower, which went up in flames last month claiming at least 80 lives, ...

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