25 Years ago

28th March 1997 at 00:00

There is likely to be an unprecedented pressure on places in the Scottish colleges of education this autumn. Some of the colleges have been involved in fairly hard bargaining with the SED about the number of places to be provided, and it has been even rumoured that nothing fewer than four Higher passes will ensure for some school leavers a place in the college of their choice.

The cutback in admissions to diploma places is an obvious result of the SED's statistical forecasting - some would say a laudable result, for it is simply argued that there is sound economic and social sense in the idea of controlling entry to avoid the creation of a surplus of people with specialist qualifications but without specialist employment. Many would acknowledge that if the quality of teaching is to improve some weeding out should be possible at a stage much later than that of a school or college qualification, but that is a nettle that no one is likely to grasp in the near future.

* Mr Douglas Gilchrist, 42, a teacher at Carbrain primary school, Cumbernauld, has said he intends to report a woman teacher at Our Lady's High, Cumbernauld, to the General Teaching Council for unprofessional conduct. His daughter, aged 12, was, he says, strapped after a local shopkeeper reported an alleged incident to the school's rector.

* At least 200 delegates are expected to take part in the education conference in connection with Scotland's first major audio-visual media being held at Jordanhill College. Bookings are now coming in at the rate of 10 a day, and if figures pass the 300 mark, the organisers will have to relay the main events through closed-circuit television.

* "I felt it would be a disservice to our motion picture industry if we made the characters do what they did in history." Mr Hal Warris, producer of Mary Queen of Scots.

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