TV boost for Glasgow
Shed Productions, founded by Scottish chief executive Eileen Gallagher, is to shift production of the BBC school drama Waterloo Road to the Glasgow area, bringing more than 230 jobs and a multi-million pound economic impact. Ms Gallagher said the production of 50 one-hour episodes will begin in April next year for a planned two-year period, but hopes for a regular annual production of 30 episodes a year for the foreseeable future.
Thumbs-up for Gaelic
Two-thirds of Scots believe more should be done to promote the Gaelic language, a new survey shows. The research also revealed 81 per cent said it is important that Scotland does not lose its Gaelic language traditions. The Scottish Government survey, which involved 1,009 people, covered a variety of questions related to the language, including usage, teaching and its heritage.
Stats on pupil numbers
Nearly 8,000 children from countries across the world have enrolled in Glasgow schools in the past five years, according to new figures. The statistics are revealed as the local authority considers proposals to shut a pioneering language support unit in the city. Official statistics from Glasgow City Council show the highest numbers of new pupils are Polish, followed by Slovenians, Pakistanis, Indians and Nigerians.
A-level passes up again
Scottish pupils sat almost 6,000 A-levels this year as the pass rate went up for the 29th year in a row. More than 250,000 pupils across the UK received their results yesterday, prompting an intense battle for university places, with those who miss out this year facing tuition fees of up to pound;9,000 a year if they study south of the border from next year onwards.
HE fees `poker game'
Scotland's universities are locked in a "poker game" in which they must attempt to work out what fees to charge English students without knowing what their competitors will be billing - or when they will be showing their hand. The Times understands that they have until the second week in September - less than a month - to announce their decisions.