A week in education

1st August 2008 at 01:00

Hazelwood School for children with multiple sensory problems and John Wheatley College, both in Glasgow, have been shortlisted for the prestigious World Architecture Festival awards in Barcelona.

They are among 23 UK entries which have made it through to the final 224, which will be judged in October by a panel chaired by Lord Norman Foster. Culloden Visitor Centre and Shetland Museum and Archives have also been selected.

A learning support teacher at an Aberdeen secondary school has been reported to the procurator fiscal over allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a male pupil. Alison Smith, 28, was suspended from the city's Bankhead Academy over a complaint involving a teenage boy. A spokeswoman for the procurator fiscal in Aberdeen said the report was still being investigated.

The charity Children 1st will launch a national campaign this month to make parents and carers more aware of their confidential helpline, ParentLine Scotland (0808 800 2222) by distributing 30,000 leaflets to nurseries, schools, libraries and doctors' surgeries.

Common reasons for contacting the helpline include challenging or demanding behaviour, bullying, family relationships, and problems relating to separation and contact.

The United States should adopt the same technology for its schools as Scotland's pioneering Glow digital intranet, film-maker George Lucas has told the US Congress.

The Star Wars director appeared before the House of Representatives to demand better access to technology for US students and held up Learning and Teaching Scotland's national education intranet as a shining example of how information technology can help teaching and learning. He told representatives on the telecommunications and internet sub-committee that, despite being the nation that helped to create the technology of today, the US was lagging behind Scotland in teaching its children with modern tools.

The Government's school exams agency for England, the National Assessment Agency, has taken control of the re-marking of disputed Sats papers from its contractor, ETS Europe.

The move followed delays in issuing results. Almost three weeks after the deadline for returning the test results for 11- and 14-year-olds, there were still schools waiting for their marks and returned test papers. The deadline for re-marking has been pushed back from mid-July to September 10.

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