Quotes of the week
"I have concerns like all headteachers, not about change, but about the pace of change and the degree of uncertainty because what we are doing is budget-driven and that's not the best driver." - Rory Mackenzie, who retired last week after 16 years as head of Edinburgh's Balerno High
"The request seemed to come from a completely different era. I thought there must be some mistake and Opera North would support me by finding a way round this completely outdated hysteria." - Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, whose opera Beached was pulled after a primary school objected to references by a gay character to his sexuality.