Press Catch-Up

8th June 2012 at 01:00

Court fight over move to let non-teachers run nurseries


- A legal bid has been launched to stop Scotland's largest council appointing non-teachers to run nursery schools. The EIS took action after Glasgow City Council moved to fill 11 vacant posts in nurseries with managers, rather than qualified teachers.

School winners


- It's a menu many restaurants would be happy to serve, and 70 per cent of the produce is local. Hurlford Primary in Kilmarnock is helping change the face of school meals. With cash from the Scottish government's Hungry for Success programme, East Ayrshire Council launched an overhaul of the way they approached feeding children in schools.

Unis `snub poor'


- Scotland's poorest students have little chance of getting into some of our top universities, figures show. Statistics obtained under a Freedom of Information request by NUS Scotland revealed the University of St Andrews admitted just 13 from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities admitted just 91 and 51 respectively.

Marketing to children still a concern


- Most parents remain concerned about commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, a year after an independent review of the pressures of growing up. Nine out of 10 parents think there are problems with the way some companies advertise to children, and 85 per cent are unaware of complaints and advice service ParentPort, the Chartered Institute of Marketing found.

Corruption forces Sesame Street to pull out of Pakistan partnership


- Washington has terminated funding for a $20 million (pound;13m) project to develop a Pakistani version of Sesame Street, after allegations of corruption. The show, which includes Elmo and new Pakistani characters, was first aired in December. The US hoped it would improve education in a country where one-third of primary-age children are not in school.

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