25 years ago

11th October 1996 at 01:00
The GTC expressed deep concern last week at reports that some education authorities, looking ahead to the raising of the school leaving age, intend to employ as instructors people with industrial experience but no teaching qualification.

They were told that instrumental music was already being taught by unqualified instructors. The GTC are to draw attention to a circular from the SED which states that instructors should be employed only where there is no appropriate teacher training for their subjects.

* The Government had encouraged education authorities to reach their own decisions on the use school pupils make of further education authorities, Mr Gordon Campbell, Secretary of State for Scotland, said at the opening of Perth Technical College.

The circular on this subject issued in May had emphasised that the curriculum of pupils who might attend FE colleges on this scale should be planned by the schools in consultation with the colleges, and the resulting courses followed by the pupils should not be wholly vocational.

* In the D and F Gallery, Edinburgh, is a most attractive exhibition of 39 oil paintings by Ian Lawson, one of the four HM inspectors of art in schools. These warm, mellow pictures, many of them on Mr Lawson's home territory in the west of Scotland although ranging over the country, are unhampered by tedious detail; the brushwork gives an impression of strength, sureness and speed.

* The Central Buchan Schools' Football Association was wound up last week, exactly 25 years after its foundation. Reasons given were the policy of centralisation leading to the closure of many of the small rural secondaries, the centralising of the representative teams into a county side basis, and the lack of PE teachers because of the ban on unregistered teachers in primary schools.


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