Council puts its faith in joint school campus
Scotland's first joint campus for two faith primary schools could be built in Newton Mearns near Glasgow, it has emerged. East Renfrewshire Council has drawn up plans for a #163;9.5 million development, which could be shared by Catholic and Jewish primary students. One new school will replace Calderwood Lodge Primary in Newlands, Glasgow, the only Jewish school in Scotland. The campus will also increase the provision of Catholic education in the local area, which currently has only St Cadoc's RC Primary.
Global citizenship cash will do a world of good
Six education centres in Scotland are to receive #163;600,000 to teach students about the importance of global citizenship. The money, announced by the Scottish government to coincide with World Food Day, will go towards the running costs of the six Developing Education Centres in Aberdeen, Coatbridge, Dingwall, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It will allow them to run training workshops and provide materials to schools on topics ranging from human rights to sustainable development and food.
Call for an end to religion by committee
Secularists are petitioning for the Scottish government to abolish a law forcing council education committees to appoint three religious representatives. The Edinburgh Secular Society says that these representatives hold the balance of power in 19 of Scotland's local authority education committees. The petition is supported by the National Secular Society, the Humanist Society Scotland and the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society. Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green Party MSP, and Edinburgh City Council's education, children and families committee member Sandy Howat also support the campaign.
University honour for GTCS chief
The University of Glasgow has awarded Tony Finn (pictured, left), the former chief executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, an honorary chair in education. Mr Finn is also about to start a three-year appointment at the university's School of Education where he will collaborate with "a leading-edge team of educational thinkers and practitioners", the university said.
Struck-off maths teacher wins concession
A maths teacher - now in his late sixties - who has been appealing a teaching ban for the past five years can rejoin the profession after the General Teaching Council for Scotland dropped its defence of the case. Ian Kerr was struck off in 2008 for acting in an "unprofessional, inappropriate and threatening manner" towards his headteacher at Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen and towards council staff. However, he has since argued the penalty was excessive and disproportionate. Now the GTCS has conceded that a less harsh punishment might be made if the case was considered now.
It's what you do, not where you do it, that matters
What subjects you study can have more of an effect on your career than whether you went to private or state school, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh looked at 10,500 people who attended secondary school between 1969 and 1976 and found that studying more key subjects such as languages, English, maths and science had a greater impact on whether individuals were in professional jobs at the age of 33 than what type of school they attended.