A week in education

24th August 2007 at 01:00
Scotland is said to lead the way in the school run. According to Sus-trans, the sustainable transport charity, pound;10 million over two years from the Scottish Executive has helped improve walking and cycling to school. A comprehensive approach by transport, health and education agencies means that 60 per cent of Scottish schools are working on a travel to school plan. A DVD extolling the virtues of actively going to school will be sent to all Scottish schools next month.

* Three North Lanarkshire schools are to be patrol-led by campus police officers. The new posts, which follow on from the success of similar schemes elsewhere in Scotland, will be at St Andrew's High in Coatbridge, Clyde Valley High in Wishaw and Coatbridge HighRosehall High, which are due to merge next year. The posts each cost pound;46,905 a year. One will be funded by Strathclyde Police, the others by the council.

* Academics at St Andrews Univer-sity believe that leaders are most effective when they transform themselves into "one of us". A study, published in the journal, Scientific American Mind, says the findings shatter the stereotype that good leaders must have a specific set of qualities. Instead, leaders must embody the qualities and opinions of the group they seek to influence, even down to personal appearance.

* www.sciammind.com

* There are to be no compulsory redundancies at James Watt Col-lege, management has announced. The threat that up to 50 jobs might have to be shed as the college struggled for financial recovery has now been averted after 26 staff were given voluntary severance. Together with natural wastage, the target of a pound;1.6 million reduction in the payroll has now been achieved.

* The annual children's panel recruitment drive was launched this week. Adam Ingram, the Children and Early Years minister, enlisted the publicising services of a diverse range of the civically-minded, from stars of the BBC's River City soap to teachers. Around 550 volunteers are needed. One of them, William Barlow, a 24-year-old teacher in Glasgow, says being a member of the panel in the city's south-east since last year has been "challenging and scary" but has given him the chance to "make a difference to the lives of others."

* The SNP Government intends to expand Gaelic-medium education in secondaries and in more subjects. Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secre-tary for Education, said this was "crucial" when she toured Inverness Royal Academy which is providing the new Gaelic-medium secondary unit in the city, alongside the first purpose built Gaelic primary.

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