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Right said Fred

If the directors of education had their own home-grown talent to amuse them at their conference, the Scottish Qualifications Authority had to import one for its awards ceremony on Monday - to wit, as they might say, the comedian Fred MacAulay.

MacAulay could not resist recalling that the independent Kilgraston school for girls in Perthshire, one of the finalists, was the only school he was ever thrown out of, for reasons delicately left unsaid. According to the citation, the school "encourages open-mindedness" in its pupils.

"Not in the 1970s it didn't," said Fred. Actually, he was careful to add:

"There was nothing wrong with the pupils; it was the teachers that were the problem."

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