Chief `delighted' suspension is over
- The head of a new body set up to run children's hearings in Scotland has been reinstated, 12 weeks after she was suspended. Bernadette Monaghan, the national convener and chief executive of Children's Hearings Scotland, was removed from her post in December while allegations against her were investigated. However, many of the claims made against her were dropped.
Call for delay to `shambolic' exam shake-up
- Labour has called on the SNP government to delay a shake-up of school exams amid fears it is turning into a "shambles". Education spokesman Hugh Henry said there was now a "compelling case" for giving the Curriculum for Excellence more time to bed in, so schools could gear up for the new examination system. He accused SNP education secretary Mike Russell of trying to "bully teachers and parents" into going along with the changes.
pound;70 million bill for taxi to school
- Hard-up Scottish councils spent pound;70 million sending kids to school in taxis over the last three years. Some one-way fares cost pound;100 a time, according to figures revealed under freedom of information law. Councils have a legal duty to provide transport for pupils with special needs and those who live a certain distance from school.
Boys just thumb their noses at any parental authority
- A fifth of boys as young as 10 are staying out late without telling their parents where they are. Girls are less likely to do so, with one in six staying out without their parents' knowledge, according to a new study. The report, conducted as part of the Understanding Society study of 40,000 UK households, suggests that the odds of a child staying out without permission is not simply down to "bad parenting" - coming from a rich or poor background makes little difference.
Foreign teachers fill jobs as Scots fail to find work
- One in eight teachers who has registered to work in Scottish schools in the past three years was not from this country. Yet 84 per cent of teaching recruits who graduated north of the border last year failed to find full-time work, with some forced to go abroad.