Film warns young people Scots prison is no holiday camp
- A new film made by inmates in Scotland's most infamous prison is to be rolled out across local education authorities in a bid to show teenagers that life behind bars isn't a cushy "holiday camp". The project, titled Hotel Bar L, provides a stark insight into life behind the walls of HMP Barlinnie.
Nursery reforms will harm vulnerable children, says government adviser
- Vulnerable young children will suffer as a result of ministers' plans for reform of early years education, a Westminster government adviser has warned. Professor Cathy Nutbrown denounced the government's plans to increase the number of toddlers nursery staff can look after as "nonsense". Reducing the staff-to-child ratio will dilute the quality of experience the youngest children receive in nurseries, even if staff have better qualifications, she said.
Three-parent babies 'illegal', says Scots group
- A decision to legalise the creation of "designer babies" with three genetic parents would break international law, a leading Scottish medical group has warned. The Scottish Council on Human Bioethics (SCHB) condemned safeguards presented to ministers by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) for controversial "mitochondrial replacement" techniques that could affect future generations.
Norwegian massacre to be turned into musical
- A leading Edinburgh-born playwright is planning to turn the 2011 mass shooting in Norway into a musical set in Scotland. The latest work by David Greig will be premiered at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, less than 50 miles from the scene of the Dunblane school massacre, before it moves to London.
Use of English in French universities is a cause celebre
- Gallic traditionalists fear that the French language will be consigned to the scrapheap because the government is seeking to ease a ban on the use of English in higher education. "This is a veritable assassination," said Courriel, a French language defence association, which predicts that the nation's university students will have to sit through tutorials and lectures in English.