Cops guard primary schools after sick threat to kids
- Two primary schools were put on lockdown after a warped caller threatened to harm children this week. Police stood guard outside the shared campus in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, and children were herded into the gym hall. The threatening call was made to Gartconner Primary.
Mortgage-style school fees
- A Scottish independent school has taken the unusual step of offering parents a mortgage-style repayment plan for fees in a bid to make private education more affordable. From this year, families with children at Fernhill School, Rutherglen, will be able to spread the cost of fees over a period of up to 10 years, interest free.
Teenagers don't want the jobs available
- Teenagers want to be musicians, actors, teachers and police, but have no interest in the fields of hospitality, care, administration and management, where they are far more likely to find work. A study of 11,000 13- to 18-year-olds found no link between the careers that young people want and the jobs experts think will exist for them.
Pupils taken on as cleaners at school
- The headteacher of an island school has come up with a novel idea to cope with a cleaning staff shortage. Joanna Holmes roped in senior pupils to take up mops to clean Islay High, in Argyll and Bute, after she struggled to recruit enough workers. The team of eight pupils earn a wage and gain work experience at the same time.
Lord Robert Winston warning over child 'eugenics'
- Genetic technologies could be exploited in the future to produce more intelligent, stronger and attractive offspring, with better regulation needed to guard against the dangers, a leading fertility expert has warned. Professor Lord Robert Winston this week warned current controls will not be able to keep pace with advances in reproductive technologies.