Two hours of PE still has legs
Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Shona Robison claims that the long- established target of two hours' high-quality PE a week remains alive. In a speech at the Scottish Parliament, however, she committed to two hours for primary pupils only; the commitment to S1-4 is for two periods. Ms Robison also promised a programme to reward excellence in school sport and physical activity, and to continue providing up to pound;13 million annually to Active Schools.
The body formed by merging HMIE and Learning and Teaching Scotland will be called Education Scotland. It had the working title of Scottish Education Quality Improvement Agency after the merger was announced last year, but concerns were raised that the acronym, Seqia, sounded like a tree and did not describe the body's purpose. Education Scotland, with HMIE senior chief inspector Bill Maxwell as transitional chief executive, comes into being on 1 July.
The Scottish Conservatives have called for action after uncovering an increase in children taken to adult psychiatric wards. In 2009-10, 92 children aged up to 16 were admitted to adult wards, and the same number aged 17 or 18. In 2006-07, the figures were 76 (0-16) and 75 (17-18). The party's health spokeswoman Mary Scanlon said that, following the 2003 Mental Health Act, all parties had agreed children should not be in adult wards.
Edinburgh pupils win Euroquiz
This year's Euroquiz grand final took place at the Scottish Parliament on Monday. The quiz, run by the Scottish European Educational Trust and sponsored by Standard Life, involved 1,500 P6 pupils from 370 schools in heats across 30 authorities. The winning team was The Edinburgh Academy, whose four members gave up the first day of a school trip to the Netherlands to take part.
End of pound;78m programme
Inverclyde Council's pound;78 million public-private partnership schools programme has ended with the completion of Clydeview Academy. The pound;27m school, formed by merging Greenock Academy and Gourock High, was built on the former St Columba's High site in Gourock. Terry Loughran, education and lifelong learning convener, said: "It is a hugely impressive building affording spectacular views across the Clyde, and I cannot think of a more perfect setting in which to learn."