Re-roofed and revamped
- Methilhill Primary pupils are to be decanted from their school for nine months while the roof is fixed. Councillors on Fife's education and children's services committee yesterday approved a pound;2.7 million project that will see the building made watertight, solar panels installed and a full redecoration. While the work is completed, all 430 of Methilhill's pupils will be accommodated in prefab huts in the grounds of Buckhaven High.
Met's pupil protection
- Children are being protected by police officers on their way to and from school to prevent them from being mugged for smartphones and other hi-tech items. The Metropolitan Police will deploy about 1,000 officers to help students outside schools and at transport hubs this week.
Teacher's pound;23k payout
- A teacher at a top private school who claimed she was bullied and locked in a cupboard by her boss has won more than pound;23,000 from her former employers. Fiona Michie said she was forced to quit her post at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen after lodging complaints about her boss. Mrs Michie, 55, took the school to an employment tribunal on the grounds that her employers had not dealt properly with her grievances. In June this year she won her case for constructive dismissal against the fee-paying school. The art teacher has been awarded pound;23,539 compensation.
Sixth name change
- Scotland's leading talent school celebrates its new name this week. In what is its sixth name change, the Glasgow-based Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama will now be known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Bags' costly contents
- Kids' schoolbags can contain up to pound;1,000-worth of hi-tech gadgets, a survey reveals. Smartphones, laptops and iPads are being taken into classes as children ditch traditional kit such as pencil cases. Only 16 per cent of children now take a geometry set to school and just one in five packs a dictionary.