Press Catch-Up

Child poverty drops but figures hide the alarming true picture, campaigners warn.

The Times

- There has been a decrease in the number of children living in poverty in Scotland, but the figure masks an overall drop in families' incomes and has led to warnings that tens of thousands more young people will be pushed into poverty because of welfare reforms.

Parents call for state school 'alternative'

The Scotsman

- Parents are mounting a bid to create their own "alternative" state school amid fresh calls for local authorities to provide greater choice within the education system. The New School Action Group in the Southside of Edinburgh has entered talks with council chiefs to design their own primary school, run from within the council system but with its own ethos.

School police help to cut drugs and sex grooming

The Herald

- School police officers have intervened to protect students from online sexual grooming and shopkeepers seeking to sell cigarettes and illegal drugs to young people. The first study to assess the impact of basing police in Scottish schools also found that their presence helped to reduce violence and antisocial behaviour.

Fury over school closure quango

The Daily Mail

- Ministers are considering plans to set up an independent quango to rule on rural school closures. The move would limit claims of political interference when local communities protest over plans to shut such schools. The Scottish government can "call in" closure plans - which means it will have the final say - when parents object to council closure proposals.

Fewer poor students in top universities than 10 years ago

The Scotsman

- Top universities are becoming more exclusive, with fewer poor students admitted than a decade ago, government advisers have warned. In a new report, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has also raised concerns that the proportion of state educated pupils entering (Russell Group universities) has fallen.

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