A week in education
Perth Grammar PE teacher Eilidh Child has won a silver medal for Scotland in the women's 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She crossed the line in 55.62 seconds behind Muizat Odumosu of Nigeria's 55.28, while pre-race favourite Nickiesha Wilson of Jamaica could only finish third in 56.06. Ms Child, who is 23, said: "I hope all the kids at Perth Grammar saw it. They all knew it was on, so I hope they watched. I was determined to get a medal."
A 23-year-old teacher from Dunfermline who admitted a string of sexual offences against boys could face life in prison. Andrew Oliver Kingsely, a probationary teacher at a Fife secondary, committed 31 offences against 16 children as young as 12 over four years from August 2006. Mr Kingsely, who was known as Olly and was a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, was remanded in custody and is due to return to the High Court in Edinburgh in the New Year. The abuse took place in Fife, Glasgow, Ayrshire and London.
Glasgow City Council is cutting free fruit in primary schools, but some children will continue to benefit. Since 2004, the council has supplied fresh fruit to all early years centres and primary schools at a cost of pound;1.8 million a year. Last week, however, it decided to cut free fruit in P1-7, making it available only at lunchtimes. The move will save pound;400,000 this year and more than pound;1.5million next year. But early years centres and nurture classes will continue to receive free fruit.
An inspection of child protection services in the West Lothian Council area has resulted in one evaluation of excellent, four evaluations of very good and one evaluation of good. HMIE found staff knew children and families very well, understood their needs and knew what to do to help them. They also praised the high quality of leadership from senior managers.
Inverclyde Council is on course to deliver good or satisfactory school buildings 14 years ahead of an official estimate. In its 2008 report, Improving the School Estate, Audit Scotland said "at current rates of progress, we estimate it could take up to 20 years to remove all schools from poor condition and make them suitable for 21st century education". The Greenock-based council, however, has estimated all its schools will be in good or satisfactory condition by 2014.
One of Europe's most renowned art schools is to launch a new satellite centre in the north of Scotland. Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is to establish the Centre for Design Innovation at the Enterprise Park in Forres, with a support package of pound;1.27 million over the next three years, thanks to Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Research and Development Fund. The intention is to apply design ideas to benefit local businesses, while testing out new approaches that could benefit the art school.