A Week in Education

20th February 2009 at 00:00

SNP-led West Dunbartonshire Council, having claimed a first in eradicating illiteracy among pupils, now boasts another - the first to start free school meals for P1-3 pupils a year ahead of the Government's August 2010 target date. It will benefit 2,780 children. The council is also extending the number of breakfast clubs, with one planned for every school.

George Watson's College in Edinburgh has decided to introduce the International Baccalaureate exam as an alternative for S5 and S6 pupils from August 2011. Gareth Edwards, the principal, stressed that the school remained "firmly committed" to Scottish qualifications.

In the latest petition by pupils to improve school accommodation, youngsters at Kelso High have called on Scottish Borders Council to carry out urgent work on their school. Education officials have submitted plans to add a two-storey extension, which would house two additional classrooms. The planning application is likely to be discussed next month by councillors.

A special school in Dumfries with only one pupil and where the headteacher is the only member of staff has been referred by HMIE to the registrar of independent schools to see if further conditions should be applied to its continuation. Greyfriars School had not complied with previous conditions imposed by the registrar to extend the school week and broaden the curriculum.

There has been a 7.8 per cent rise in the numbers applying for undergraduate places in UK universities next session. But Scotland's increase is only 5.1 per cent, second lowest of the home countries. While applications from the under-20s increased by 3.8 per cent in Scotland, there was a marked increase of 12.5 per cent from the over-25s, a pattern that is repeated across the UK.

A survey by the Children's Society reveals that the recession is making young people in Britain more anxious. Almost half (46 per cent) of 11 to 13 year-olds say their parents are worried, while the society says one of the most "alarming" findings is that one in four (22 per cent) of 17 to 19 year-olds say they cannot find a job which could lead to more of them ending up not being in education, employment or training.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now