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Parent reps elected

The Press and Journal

The first parents' representatives to be granted a seat on Aberdeen City Council's education committee have been elected. The two members will have full voting rights to ensure the voices of secondary, primary and nursery school parents are heard. Alex Nicoll and Murdo MacLean were voted in by fellow members of the Aberdeen City Parent Councils Forum.

August births HE link

The Guardian

Children born in August, the youngest in each school year, are less likely to go on to study at top universities than their older classmates, a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found. Researchers studied three datasets, which represent the records of 48,500 children and teenagers in England, and found children born in August were 20 per cent less likely than their classmates born 11 months earlier to go to Russell Group universities. They were more likely to go on vocational courses instead.

Row over university fees

The Herald

An unprecedented row has broken out between two Scottish student leaders over controversial moves to charge higher fees to university applicants from the rest of the UK. Robin Parker, president of national student body NUS Scotland, described Stuart Ritchie, the student president at Glasgow University as "untouchable and entirely unaccountable". In return, Mr Ritchie has accused Mr Parker of making misleading statements that misrepresent his position.

EU students cost burden

Scottish Daily Mail

Taxpayers are paying nearly pound;100 million a year for European students to study in Scotland. The number of youngsters from European Union countries at Scottish universities is almost double the 2001 figure. New figures reveal the cost of educating them has soared at a time when Scottish higher education faces crippling budget cuts and fewer Scots are applying to study here.

Childcare numbers fall

The Scotsman

The number of Scottish youngsters attending childcare services has fallen after a quarter of registered creches closed in two years, new figures have revealed. A number of holiday playschemes, out-of-school clubs, playgroups, and children and family centres have also shut their doors. The snapshot figures, comparing a week last year with the same week in 2009, have sparked concerns about early-years development in Scotland and the knock-on effect it will have on a generation's attainment and well- being.

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