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24th January 2014 at 00:00

Treasure awaits intrepid young writers

A creative writing competition has been launched for Scottish senior school students. Edinburgh Napier University and the Robert Louis Stevenson Club are asking students from S4-S6 to submit pieces of reflective writing, fiction or poetry inspired by the author's work. Candidates can also take part in writing workshops. Submissions will be considered for publication in the Journal of Stevenson Studies. Information is available at

Stirling teacher receives reprimand over theft

A teacher who stole a purse in a nightclub has been reprimanded by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Science teacher Scott Renwick found the purse, containing 300 Norwegian kroner and #163;5 cash, at the Dusk Nightclub in Stirling on 2 February 2012, but he failed to make an effort to identify the true owner. Mr Renwick, who was subsequently convicted at Stirling Sheriff Court, admitted that this meant his fitness to teach had been impaired and consented to a reprimand being imposed. It will be recorded in the teaching register for one year.

New P1 languages guidance adds to 1+2 strategy

Advice on modern language teaching in P1 has been published by Education Scotland. The guidance offers tips on how to incorporate languages into the curriculum, as well as sound files of classroom vocabulary in a variety of languages. It aims to enable primary schools to continue implementing the 1+2 language strategy. Film clips of classes using their new language skills and information on training is also included in the new guidance. See bit.lyGovernmentLanguage

Hard-headed advice about concussion after fatal injury

A new leaflet on the subject of concussion was launched by education secretary Michael Russell this week. The publication follows the tragic death of 14-year-old Carrickfergus Grammar student Benjamin Robinson in 2011 after he suffered a double concussion during a school rugby match. His parents, who attended the launch of the leaflet at Bangholm Sports and Outdoor Education Centre in Edinburgh, have since campaigned to raise awareness of the dangers of concussion.

Argyll and Bute welcomes language centre

A Gaelic language centre has been officially opened in Argyll and Bute. Furan, which means "a warm welcome", will offer new and existing learners access to studying the language and offer workshops and sessions for children. It will also serve as a meeting point for those of all ages and abilities interested in the language. The centre was funded through the Scottish government's capital grant for Gaelic education projects.

It's never too early to learn about dementia

Primary school children have been involved in producing a new dementia awareness pack for schools. The pack was developed by East Dunbartonshire Council with the help of students from Baljaffray Primary and is the first of its kind in Scotland. The publication is divided into six themes, and explains what dementia is and how it affects sufferers and their families. It also examines the stigma attached to the disease and provides information about the various kinds of support available.

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