The tess archive - 17 May 1991

20th May 2011 at 01:00
The month former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber, and Motherwell beat Dundee United 4-3 in a classic Scottish Cup final

Death knell for local councils

The demise of education authorities and advent of local management took a significant step forward at the Scottish Tories' conference. Scottish Secretary Ian Lang promised to "examine ways of getting more money direct from the taxpayers to the teachers and pupils. We are not in the business of making Scotland's education service better-funded than before, only to see that money lost in administration and bureaucracy."

Identity crisis brews for 5-14s

A group preparing an important report on environmental studies for the government's 5-14 programme came close to disbanding, as secondary teachers tried to retain subject identities. It has taken much effort by the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum to find a compromise acceptable to primary and secondary.

Councils pound;93m out of pocket

The Government's "12-year failure" to harmonise business rates between Scotland and England costs regional councils pound;93 million a year, money that could cut poll tax bills or improve standards of education, Labour education spokesman Tony Worthington has alleged. He claims that in 1989- 90, English rates cost pound;35 per primary pupil and pound;78 per secondary pupil, while in Scotland the sums were pound;133 and pound;240 - a disparity he described as "staggering".

Catholic accord on falling rolls

A "constructive and helpful" meeting was held between Strathclyde representatives and the Catholic Headteachers' Association. Ian Davidson, the council's education chair, said it was keen to hear Catholic schools' views on how to cope with falling school rolls.

For richer, for poorer (comment)

Uneasy peace has broken out between Scotland's headteachers and teacher unions. The Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee, which gives teachers the bargaining rights withdrawn in England, arrived at two agreements: the annual pay deal for teachers, amounting to 8.5 per cent, and the settlement of heads' separate deal. The teachers' deal is for this year; heads, deputes and assistants will not receive their extra money until 1992.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now