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23rd March 2012 at 00:00

Launch for online learning resource

Studying Scotland, an online resource for Scottish history, arts and culture, has been launched by Education Scotland. The site is intended to be a "one stop shop" for teachers and learners to support the delivery of Scottish studies in schools, following the recommendations of the Scottish Studies Working Group. Education Scotland chief executive Bill Maxwell said it would also enable learners to develop the "attributes, knowledge and skills needed for life, learning and work".

Cash to boost jobs and training

Six local authorities have received additional government funding totalling pound;9 million to create employment and training opportunities for young people in their areas. Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and East Ayrshire were identified by the government as facing particular challenges in youth employment. Some of the money will be used for employer incentives.

Asbestos scare school reopens

Flora Stevenson Primary in Edinburgh reopened this week after being evacuated last week when a small quantity of asbestos was disturbed during routine work. Edinburgh City Council made the decision to reopen the school after it was cleaned and independent tests were carried out. Head of schools Mike Rosendale said he was now satisfied that the school was safe.

Extra space for Gaelic medium

Additional classrooms are to be opened up at the Woodside Campus of the Glasgow Gaelic School to meet demand for Gaelic-medium education in the city. The government will provide pound;200,000 for the conversion of "mothballed" classrooms, minister for Gaelic Alasdair Allan announced on a visit to the school. He said Woodside Campus was thriving, with more pupils coming through the doors and the local community using the school's new sports facilities.

Shooting suspect under siege

Police in France have identified a suspect after the fatal shooting of three children and a teacher outside a Jewish school in Toulouse. Mohammed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, who is alleged to be responsible for the shooting of three soldiers, told police he was a member of Al- Qaeda acting to "avenge Palestinian children". As TESS went to press, the suspect was under police siege in his flat.

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