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Students hurt in ceiling collapse
Three primary school pupils were injured after tiles and plaster fell from the ceiling of a classroom this week. The children at New Cumnock Primary School in East Ayrshire were treated for minor injuries by the school first aider after the incident on Monday. As TESS went to press, the school was due to remain closed for the rest of the week to allow an investigation to take place. The incident came just weeks after 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett was killed when a wall collapsed at Liberton High School in Edinburgh.
Make trainee teachers more welcome, says expert
Schools in Scotland need to do more to ensure that student teachers get the most from placements, a former senior schools inspector and leading government adviser has warned. Staff too often acted as though they were "doing universities a favour" by accepting students into their classrooms, Graham Donaldson told the Catholic Headteachers' Association of Scotland annual conference last week. He said "regeneration" of the profession was vital if reforms were to bring about improvements to pupils' education. Professor Donaldson has played a key role in introducing Curriculum for Excellence over the past decade, most notably with his 2011 report Teaching Scotland's Future.
Concerns for safety of youth rugby players
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have proposed testing the neck strength of youth rugby players before allowing them into the front row of scrums in men's matches. In a new study, the experts said that exposing under-18s to strong forces without knowing how their neck strength compared to that of their adult counterparts was unsafe. The study, which is part of an initiative involving the Scottish Rugby Union to reduce the risk of injury to school-age children, also concluded that scrums were responsible for a significant proportion of spinal injuries.
Award-winning pupil trades tattoos for the law
An Edinburgh student has won a top award from the education charity Career Academies UK. Firrhill High School pupil Megan Thomson received the Sir Winfried Bischoff Award for outstanding students on the charity's two-year programme, which aims to boost the employability skills of 16- to 19-year-olds. During her time on the scheme, Megan's future plans changed from becoming a tattoo artist to studying law at university. As part of her award, the 17-year-old will travel to New York to visit some of the city's biggest employers. She will also receive pound;500 a year towards her university costs for three years.
Teacher struck off after child abuse conviction
An Aberdeenshire English teacher and football coach has been removed from the teaching register after being jailed for three and a half years for creating, possessing and distributing child pornography. Alan Nardoni, who worked at Portlethen Academy, was found to have collected thousands of images and videos of child abuse between 2006 and 2012. Nardoni, 36, was convicted last July at Inverness Sheriff Court. He was struck off last month after a meeting of the General Teaching Council for Scotland's Fitness to Teach panel.