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Quotes of the Week

"We are obliged to keep these staff until the school closes. The school is still open. The fact that there aren't any children is immaterial." Cumbria's director of children's services, Julia Morrison, on the legal obligation to pay teachers at a rural primary until the end of term.

"Scotland could miss out on international development and export opportunities if we simply expect everyone to speak English." Lloyd Anderson, British Council Scotland director, on widespread axing of language assistants.

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