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Stand up and be Scottish

The senior chief inspector made his strongest plea yet in favour of more Scottish history and culture in schools. "All young people are entitled to a clear knowledge about the country in which they are living," Douglas Osler said.

"A sense of belonging brings confidence, self-awareness, a feeling of security. Knowledge and understanding of their own country is an essential element in developing confidence and pride."

During questions Mr Osler, a former history teacher, said it was not enough to say "there are opportunities to study Scottish history". There must be more certainty that these opportunities will be available, he said.

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