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A Scots headmaster says that the greatest profit he gets out of visiting English schools is the comforting feeling that behaviour problems in his own school are minimal. He is not in a school considered in Scottish terms to be "in a good area", and that should give pause to all those who state it as an incontrovertible fact that RSLA (raising of the leaving age) will be easier in England because England has fewer problems.

* For what he described as "gross carelessness" in leaving safe keys in school premises overnight, Mr W.W. Scott-Davidson, Cleish, a member of Perthshire and Kinross education committee, proposed that two headteachers should be made to refund the cost of making the safes usable. He failed to find a seconder.

* The revolution which has taken place in the school mathematical syllabus was described by Professor J.M. Howie in his inaugural lecture as regius professor of mathematics at St Andrews University last Friday. "I share the regrets of many people at the virtual disappearance of formal Euclidean geometry, but I believe that this was inevitable if room was to be found for other important and useful mathematical ideas.

"The most cogent criticism of the new system of mathematical education in schools is to the effect that products of the system are lacking in technical skill. I also believe that the gains more than compensate for the losses. "

* Glasgow education offices in Bath Street are to be tidied up.

* From Before Five, the new SED report on nursery education: "Entry to nursery schools and classes is open to all children whose parents wish them to attend, but is severely limited by the number of places available."

* Edinburgh primary schools had 68 classes with more than 40 children, according to a study by parent and parent-teacher associations.

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