The tess archive - 6 August 1971
Shipbuilders' crisis hits college
Clydebank Technical College, which only last year opened an extension doubling its size, faces a dramatic drop in students. Although spokesmen for Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, which sent more than 200 part-time students to the college last session, have implied that present apprentices will be able to finish their training, the collapse of one of the town's biggest employers is bound to have an effect.
Did Mrs Thatcher exceed powers?
Legal advice is being sought by the Surrey branch of the Stop the Eleven Plus campaign on whether Mrs Thatcher exceeded her powers in intervening in the county council's pilot comprehensive scheme for the Walton and Hersham area. Mrs Thatcher ordered that parents must be allowed to send their children outside the catchment area of Rydens Comprehensive School if they wish.
Two-thirds of thalidomide children in Britain attend ordinary schools. The parents of a good number of others, however, appear far from happy about the way their special schools are run, and the quality of education in them. Already they are concerned about the employment prospects for handicapped youngsters within the next few years. Scots made the largest group at the Edinburgh conference, with 10 of the country's 80 thalidomide children attending.
Stirling hosts Open University
Scotland's first series of Open University summer schools started smoothly in Stirling. By tomorrow more than 800 students of varying maturity will have spent a week on the Stirling University campus, following an intensive academic course in the humanities and enjoying an introduction to the social side of student life.
Outdoor studies recommended
At least one period of residence at an outdoor centre should be included if possible in every pupil's school career, the Scottish Education Department recommends in a circular to education authorities. It emphasises the need to ensure pupils have a continuous and progressive outdoor experience as an integral part of their education.