25 Years Ago

17th January 1997 at 00:00
When Britain signs the treaty of accession to the EEC tomorrow Britain's teachers will gain more than almost any other group, although there is not a word about education in the Treaty of Rome.

They should gain because by Western European standards they are poorly paid, work long hours, and have a much smaller proportion of public spending set aside for education. Mrs Thatcher told the House of Commons that she knew of no grounds for expecting that Britain's entry to the EEC would necessitate any changes in the organisation of education.

* Edinburgh and Midlothian Association for the Advancement of State Education have written to the Secretary of State asking him not to approve Edinburgh's scheme for the reintroduction of fees at the Royal High, James Gillespie's High and Trinity Academy.

Edinburgh Town Council last week confirmed their earlier decision to reintroduce fees next session, rejecting a Labour move to exempt pupils who entered during the two sessions when fees were not charged.

* Headteachers rather than legislation, education authorities, research or voluntary bodies have had the greatest influence on primary education in Scotland throughout the past hundred years, Professor Stanley Nisbet of Glasgow University suggested at last week's meeting of the West of Scotland Reading Association. But the influence of heads was shortlived, and advisers were now able to play a very important part in the encouragement of new ideas and methods.

* Recently about 70 per cent of the finances of the Scottish Council for Research in Education have been coming from SED sources. The education authorities could increase the council's independence and range of effort by increasing further their per-child contribution, which was at the start 1Z4d and is now to be 2p. This contribution is trivial.


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