RC inquiry on integration
- A public conference and inquiry on the future of Catholic education in Scotland, including the policy of separated schooling, is being held at the Laity Centre, Edinburgh, in May. The secondary staffing report issued by the Scottish Education Department says the relative proportions of 15-year-olds who have been attending education authority schools, at January 1970, were 43.6 per cent for RC schools and 54.1 per cent for non-denominational schools.
- A musical tribute to the memory of David Livingstone will be presented by the Lanarkshire Youth Orchestra, at its annual concert in Hamilton College of Education. Under their conductor, Mr Frank Johnston, they are to give what is believed to be the first performance of a short piece, Ilala - May 1873, composed by French composer Charles Gounod shortly after Livingstone's funeral service in Westminster Abbey in 1873.
Boys win in dance awards
- The boys of Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, shared first place with the Grandtully School team in the Scottish country dancing section of the Perthshire music festival. Adjudicator Mrs Mina Corson said: "Many boys tend to think dancing is cissy, but this is just not the case."
New remedial association
- The Scottish Association for Remedial Education was founded last Saturday. This new association has grown out of the now disbanded Association of Teachers of Backward Pupils in Secondary Schools. A public meeting elected an executive committee to represent remedial education in primary, secondary and special schools, psychological and remedial services and colleges of education from Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire.
Birth control: big role for schools
- Sir Keith Joseph announced this week that he would make contraceptive supplies available on national health prescription, from April 1974. The Report of the Population Panel mentions that education is important in suitably cool tones, but one detects a proper concern that more should be done to provide children with full information on contraception and abortion.