Too few recruits
- The General Teaching Council has renewed its concern at the small numbers of teachers being recruited from colleges of education by local authorities. Figures showed only one in three primary appointments in 1981-82 (1,602 out of 4,881) were newly-qualified students, the majority being largely married women returners or transfers from other schools.
Training not quick enough, say jobless Scots
- The government's special schemes to help the unemployed get jobs or training, costing around #163;865 million, are considered irrelevant by most unemployed people, according to a report by the Economic Intelligence Unit. Training was seen as particularly futile, particularly in Scotland.
SSTA against publicity
- The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association is against publication of inspectors' reports on schools and colleges. It believes publicity would inhibit frank comment by inspectors and result in adverse comments in the media, with a school's good points ignored. Responding to the government's plan to make reports public, the SSTA argues that outsiders would be unlikely to be able to make valuable comment on them.
The belt in the classroom
- Letter to the editor: Those who have banned corporal punishment in schools have failed to supply a viable alternative. The result of this political manoeuvring is that the teacher becomes the qualified eunuch between the pupil and the parent andor school. He is ruled by the pupils because the law is geared to them and their parents. The corporal punishment issue is part of a complicated strategy against teachers to erase our effectiveness.
Abolitionist pace quickens
- On Monday, Tayside became the first Tory education authority to vote for a ban on the belt in principle by June 1984. With the belt either banned or in the process of being banned in Lothian, Strathclyde, Fife, the Western Isles, Dumfries and Galloway and Tayside, some 78 per cent of Scottish pupils are or will soon be in no-belting schools.