Music project to create Big Noise in city
- Schoolchildren in Glasgow's Govanhill will be the latest to benefit from a hugely successful music tuition system that originated in South America. Based on the El Sistema scheme of intensive classical music tuition, the Big Noise was successfully pioneered in the Raploch estate in Stirling.
Scottish teenagers say `NO' to independence in blow for Salmond
Mail on Sunday
- Alex Salmond's hopes of winning the referendum on Scottish independence have been dealt a blow by a new poll. The SNP first minister has been demanding that the 2014 vote should be extended to 16- and 17-year-olds. However, a survey by The Mail on Sunday in Scotland found only 26 per cent of teens would back independence.
DVD: police probe council
Press and Journal
- A Scottish council has been instructed to hand over a DVD about rural schools it claimed to have destroyed. Aberdeenshire Council was reported to the police over its handling of an FOI request involving a DVD. The Crown Office dropped the matter but the council has been ordered to hand the DVD to campaigner Sandy Longmuir.
Pupils fight to save Gregory's Girl school
- Hundreds of pupils from the school made famous by Gregory's Girl turned out to campaign against plans to close it. North Lanarkshire Council wants to shut Cumbernauld's Abronhill High at the end of the school year and transfer pupils to Cumbernauld High as part of a pound;105 million cuts programme.
Girl to tell story of hit school meals blog in book
- The Scottish girl who gained worldwide fame after her school meals blog was banned by a council is to reveal her side of the story in a new book. Martha Payne (above), aged nine, has written the book with the help of her father explaining how her blog became a story around the globe, leading to 5 million internet hits and a U-turn by Argyll and Bute Council.