The Sunday Times
Parents are to be given the right to have their children educated in Gaelic rather than English under plans to save the language, Education Secretary Michael Russell has said. Creating the entitlement in communities where there is sufficient demand would help safeguard its future, he said. The starting point would be to double the number of children entering Primary 1 Gaelic-medium education from 400 to 800 by 2017.
Scotland on Sunday
Sir Tom Hunter, Scotland's first home-grown billionaire, is to return to his former university as a lecturer. The businessman believes the low-key role as a lecturer for entrepreneurship will be more effective in nurturing tomorrow's tycoons than TV shows like Dragons' Den. He says he is keen to pass on lessons from his career, which took him from selling trainers to being Scotland's richest man.
Pass power to heads
Bypassing council officials and handing power to headteachers are two of the measures recommended by a review of the way Scottish schools are funded. The report, commissioned by the Scottish Government, suggests money allocation should be based on a national formula, rather than being left to directors of education. The suggestions follow concern the concordat agreement between the Government and councils had led to a postcode lottery of school funding.
Long wait for treatment
Some children have to face a wait of up to three-and-a -half years to receive treatment for mental health problems, an MSP has revealed. A freedom of information request by Mary Scanlon, Conservative MSP, showed child psychology waiting times range from 16 weeks in Dumfries and Galloway to 182 weeks in Tayside, according to the NHS figures.
Parents' views on sex
Parents will be able to complain about sexual content unsuitable for children on a Westminster Government-backed website. ParentPort, announced this week, comes after an independent report by Reg Bailey, Mothers' Union chief executive, concluded that parents felt sections of the media were ignoring their concerns over sexual images in places accessible to children. It will cover advertising, TV and radio, websites, newspapers and films.