Press Catch-Up

City college merger hailed as success

The Herald

- The merger of three institutions to form the City of Glasgow College has been a success, according to a report from the Scottish Funding Council. It said the merger had produced more courses for students, new subjects aimed at supporting the economy, improved links with higher education and savings of approximately #163;5 million.

Young Scots 'face lives of low pay and few prospects'

Scotland on Sunday

- A generation of educated young Scots is being condemned to a life of low-paid, unstable jobs, a report from leading thinktank the Scotland Institute has claimed. It found that while young people from disadvantaged backgrounds suffer most from unemployment, the most significant change in work opportunities was for those who have jobs.

Spray vaccines on way to fight flu in schools

Press and Journal

- Children at schools in the north are to be given flu vaccine to halt the soaring level of sickness. Highland Council has revealed plans to immunise children in P1 to S5 with a nasal spray. The annual vaccine will be phased in over three years. In February, Lochaber High was in the grip of a wave of flu-type bugs, with 240 of the 860 pupils off sick.

Janitor loses case against school after slip

The Herald

- A janitor who was injured when she slipped on Vaseline on stairs at a school with a history of sixth-form students playing pranks has lost a bid to win damages. Linda Gillie sued Scottish Borders Council for compensation following her fall at Galashiels Academy on 12 May 2009, claiming that the accident happened because of a breach of workplace health and safety regulations.

Headteachers pass vote of no confidence in education policies

The Guardian

- Headteachers have passed a vote of no confidence in the Westminster government's education policies, declaring that Michael Gove's policies are not in the best interests of children. Delegates at heads' union the National Association of Head Teachers' conference in Birmingham raised concerns about the new national curriculum and major test and exam reforms.

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