Army recruitment visits to schools have again come under fire after it emerged from an inquiry under the Freedom of Information Act by Christine Grahame, South of Scotland SNP MSP, that Shawlands Academy in Glasgow and Montrose Academy in Angus have received up to 10 visits in a single year. In West Lothian, Whitburn Academy had 32 presentations over three years, Bathgate Academy 29 and Armadale Academy 21. In the private sector, George Watson's College received 20 visits and Fettes College 15. Since 2006, there has been a 186 per cent increase in school visits by the Army, a 53 per cent increase by the Royal Navy and a 5.8 per cent increase by the RAF.
Fife Council's education services have been praised by HMIE for significant improvements since they were inspected in 2002. A report published this week highlighted the strong strategic leadership of executive director Ken Greer, the high-quality provision for pre-school and adult learners, improvements in key outcomes for primary-aged learners, and the impact of CPD on improved school leadership. A separate HMIE report praised the authority's education psychology service, which has been asked to showcase its work nationally.
Moray Council is investigating claims that Helen Watson, principal teacher of music at Elgin Academy, helped pupils cheat by giving them the answers to questions before they sat their Standard grade prelim in February. Ms Watson, 51, has been moved from taking classes, pending the outcome of the inquiry.
Proposals to strengthen the rights of children with additional support needs and their parents, have been launched by the Education Secretary, Fiona Hyslop. The consultation on amendments to the Additional Support for Learning (Scotland) Act 2004 includes: consideration of the rights of young people and parents of children with additional support needs to make out-of-area placing requests; parental and young people's access to mediation and dispute resolution from the host authority, following a successful out-of-area placing request; and increased parental and young people's rights in respect of access to the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland, regarding failures by the education authority.
Anne Wilson has announced her retirement as Dundee's director of education, following a 40-year career in education. Mrs Wilson started her career in primary schools in Glasgow. She worked for Lothian Regional Council and was seconded to the Scottish Office before joining Tayside Regional Council as assistant director of education in 1991. She became director of education at Dundee City Council in 1995.