SEB warns of squeeze on marking
- The quality of the Highers and Standard grade could be jeopardised by the government's insistence on devolving management powers to headteachers, Cosla's education convener has confirmed, following the latest funding crisis to hit the Scottish Examination Board. With the government poised to publish detailed information about exam results, Cosla's education committee meets today against a background of continuing underfunding, including the local authorities' financial support for the SEB.
'Policy of despair' on school games
- School sport should remain a principal vehicle for imparting values to young people but it cannot deliver excellence because of a lack of time and resources, a leading academic told a Scottish Council of Physical Education conference. Dr Ian Thomson, former University of Stirling head of PE, said it was "a policy of despair" to give up on extra-curricular sport and rely instead on community-based sport, which was organised on a "haphazard and shaky basis".
Alarm bells over future of adult education
- Adult education is being hijacked by further education courses and Scottish Enterprise training schemes, heard a conference at Edinburgh University. In his opening address, David Alexander, senior lecturer in the department of education, blamed "a lack of explicit policy coming out of the Scottish Office". Many adults are left with "little more than training in a low level of skills".
Lang hands over the pursestrings
- Heads were put in the driving seat of school management this week, as the government confirmed its long-awaited intention to make them responsible for some 80 per cent of school spending. Budgets could range from #163;50,000 to more than #163;2 million. Secretary of state Ian Lang stressed the guidelines' flexibility, which he declared in line with a growing consensus on how schools should be run.
Gratitude won't pay the bills
- As Bill Clinton begins the task of assembling his administration, his choice will not be as free as it might seem. There are debts to pay. Hands that once offered money will be stretched out for their dividends. And almost 3 million will belong to teachers.