Fourfold rise in pupils who need extra support
- The number of children in Scottish schools who need extra help in the classroom because of conditions such as autism, ADHD and learning difficulties has increased fourfold in the past 10 years, figures reveal. Campaigners have called for an investigation after figures rose from fewer than 29,000 in 2002 to 118,034 last year.
#163;250,000 sale tag on teacher's book hoard
- The library of a Scottish teacher who spent most of his career at one of England's top public schools is expected to fetch up to #163;250,000 when it is goes under the hammer next week. Bruce Ritchie, who died last year, counted playwright Tom Stoppard among his friends and assembled a collection of books dating back to the 18th century.
Bagpipes silenced by lack of lessons in schools
Scotland on Sunday
- Traditional music provision, such as lessons in the bagpipes and fiddle, has become almost inaccessible to schoolchildren in Scotland, according to a survey. A report produced by Roddy MacLeod, principal of the National Piping Centre, states that only 6.5 per cent of music tuition in schools is on traditional instruments.
Question Time to host special edition for Scottish teenagers
- Scottish teenagers will have their views on independence broadcast to an audience of millions in a special edition of the BBC's Question Time, to be held next month. An audience of 16- and 17-year-olds will have the chance to air their thoughts and quiz a panel of politicians and experts in the one-off broadcast from Edinburgh on 13 June.
Happiness is... a 60- year-old teacher called Steve from Edinburgh who's got blue eyes
- Britain's happiest man has been discovered by researchers - and he is likely to be a 60-year-old teacher named Steve who lives near Edinburgh. A UK-wide study by Cadbury's involved more than 2,000 people being questioned to find out where the happiest people lived, what they looked like and their ages and names.