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Secular bid to halt religious influence on schools committees

The Herald

- Secular campaigners in Scotland have called for a change in the law to stop religious representatives sitting on council education committees. Under the 1994 Local Government (Scotland) Act, councils have to appoint at least three members from churches. However, Edinburgh Secular Society says the requirement no longer reflects society.

Fire forces Steiner school closure

The Herald

- One of Glasgow's best-known independent schools is being forced to close four months after a blaze caused serious damage. The architecturally significant building was the last school to be designed by the Scottish Edwardian architect Sir John James Burnet and dates back to 1876. It was estimated a restoration project would cost several million pounds.

Graduates flock to Teach First and ignore lure of City careers

The Observer

- It began as a small enterprise to get top graduates to teach in deprived areas. But just a few years later, figures show that Teach First is now Britain's single biggest recruiter of university leavers, ahead of banking, the Civil Service fast-track scheme and leading graduate employers. All 1,261 graduates taken on this year will have six weeks of intensive training before being sent into schools.

School's out, say teachers, if it's over 78 degsF

The Daily Telegraph

- Children should be sent home if the temperature in a classroom rises above 78 degsF (26 degsC), teachers' leaders have said. The teachers claim that young people can become lethargic, unable to concentrate and even faint if it gets too hot. Most schools in England are due to break up for the summer holidays this week.

India school meal poisoning: death toll rises to 23

The Scotsman

- The death toll in the Bihar school-meal poisoning tragedy has risen to 23, Indian officials have revealed. A full inquiry was promised by the government as concern grew over the quality of food given to children in a nationwide free school dinner project. Scores of children fell ill within minutes of eating a meal of rice and potato curry.

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