Birth control 'is a must for Scots schools'
- The Scottish government should allow the morning-after pill to be available in schools, according to health professionals. School nurses could dispense condoms and emergency contraception to help reduce teenage pregnancy rates, the Scottish Sexual Health Lead Clinicians Group argues in evidence to a Holyrood inquiry.
Davidson outlines education vision
- Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson called this week for young people to be offered the choice of an academic or vocational career from as young as 14. Ms Davidson said too many young people choose unsuitable academic courses or vocational courses where jobs are limited.
Tory kid too smart for state school
- Maria Hutchings, the Conservative candidate hoping to take Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne's seat, has been criticised for suggesting her son is too clever for state school. Hutchings, standing in the Eastleigh by-election, said it would be "impossible" to find the right education for her son, William, in the state system.
One in five Scots children lives in poverty, study shows
- One in five children is living in poverty in parts of almost every local council area in Scotland, a survey from leading charities has revealed. Nearly all of Scotland's local authorities - 27 out of 32 - have council wards where more than 20 per cent of their children live in poverty, according to the Campaign to End Child Poverty.
Young MacDonald has a farm, 21 sheep and a Belgian cow
- A schoolboy Scots entrepreneur is the proud owner of his own flock of sheep at the age of 10. Dougie MacDonald of Benderloch, near Oban, owns 21 sheep and a cow. He earns his cash by helping his father and other local farmers. His latest acquisition was seven Suffolk sheep which he bought for #163;100 apiece.