Schools face cash crisis
Scottish daily mail
Scotland's schools are facing a crisis as cash-strapped councils shorten school days and axe subjects. Families face childcare chaos as local authorities change timetables and introduce half-days to make savings of pound;450 million next year. Eileen Prior of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council said: "In this dire economic climate, parents can't tell employers they need to vanish from their work a few hours early."
Life drawing for pupils
Pupils at Prince Charles's old school are being offered eye-popping classes in life drawing. Nude male and female models pose in the art room at pound;28,000-a-year Gordonstoun in Moray. The prince hated his time at the school, branding it "Colditz in kilts" and refusing to send his sons there, but the classes would have appealed to his arty side.
Children who say their parents are too controlling - or neglect them - are more than twice as likely to develop psychiatric problems as teenagers, according to a study in Scotland. Antisocial behaviour, violent behaviour and concentration problems were far more prominent in children who felt their parents did not give them enough attention and support, according to a study by the University of Glasgow and the Medical Research Council.
Madonna is facing a lawsuit after her Africa charity, Raising Malawi, scrapped plans to build a state-of-the-art girls' school in Malawi. Eight staff who would have worked at the school are claiming unfair dismissal after being told there are no longer jobs for them.
Club wielded in canteen
Two yobs burst into a packed school canteen at lunchtime and threatened a teacher with a golf club. Kids scattered in terror as the teenage thugs went on a rampage at Stonelaw High in Rutherglen. The pair - thought to be pupils at the town's "rival" Trinity High School - swung the golf club at a staff member when challenged.