New start for Aberdeen S6s
Sixth-year pupils in Aberdeen are to be offered a combination of twilight classes, joint courses with other schools and more computer-based, interactive learning in a substantial senior school shake-up. But the city is to rule out a pound;10.5 million sixth-form college for more than 800 pupils after teachers ran up a string of objections.
Schools make faith a lottery
Religious and moral education in secondary schools is badly in need of inspiration, HMI makes clear in its latest report from its Standards and Quality series. Few of the 76 schools inspected between 1995 and 2000 - both denominational and non-denominational - are rated very good in any aspect. Meanwhile, Education Minister Jack McConnell has set up a review group to bring religious observance in schools back to life.
Ministers snub free meals for all
The Scottish Executive is refusing to back a campaign to provide all pupils with free school meals. It puts the cost at pound;230 million, compared with current spending on school meals of pound;57 million. MSPs will be asked to support "universally free and nutritious school meals", the cornerstone of a private members' bill tabled by Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan.
Glasgow denies `looting' claims
In the latest war of words between the Educational Institute of Scotland and Glasgow, some union branches claim there has been what one described as "organised looting" from schools being refurbished under the city's controversial public-private partnership scheme. The union is not pointing fingers at contractors on the pound;1.2 billion project, but does raise questions about security. Knightswood Secondary and Shawlands Academy have reported large-scale theft.
Supply pool goes permanent
South Lanarkshire has extended its ground-breaking initiative to create a pool of supply teachers on permanent contracts. The move was piloted last session and is now being taken up in secondary schools, where 70 permanent supply posts have been created. Unions see the move as a major step towards ending the "casualisation" of the profession which was strongly criticised in the McCrone report.