This Week

16th November 2012 at 00:00

Ballinger takes early retirement

- The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association has confirmed the early retirement on health grounds of general secretary Ann Ballinger, from December 2012. Alan McKenzie will continue as acting general secretary until the election of a replacement for Ms Ballinger. SSTA president Margaret Smith said: "At a time of constant change, Ann Ballinger has been at the forefront of giving voice to the secondary view of education in Scotland".

Technology overhaul coming

- Edinburgh City Council has signed contracts with BT for a #163;4.9 million overhaul of technology in education. Council-run schools and many community centres will get wi-fi, new computers, increased capacity for email and file storage, cloud-based services, and schools are promised "significantly-improved" internet speeds and improved support service. Education convener Paul Godzik said: "Using computers and mobile devices is already a daily occurrence for our young people, and we can now use these skills in the classroom."

Concern over compensation

- The EIS has condemned the Westminster government's plans to restrict the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to those who suffer serious injuries. General secretary Larry Flanagan said 90 per cent of cases where teachers and lecturers suffered injuries resulted from an assault at work. "Teachers will have the right to compensation for these injuries taken away from them," he added.

Rich reward for young innovators

- Prize money worth up to #163;300,000, plus a year's dedicated business support, is available through a new competition for young innovators. The Young Innovators Challenge, launched by first minister Alex Salmond and youth employment minister Angela Constance, is open to people aged 18-24 in their final year of college or university, taking part in a national training programme, or studying for an apprenticeship.

They will get a good talking to

- The charity Speakers for Schools was launched in Scotland this week by first minister Alex Salmond at Bucksburn Academy in Aberdeen. Leaders in Scottish business, media, culture, academia and politics have pledged to give a talk to students in a state secondary school once a year to raise aspirations and broaden their horizons. It is the idea of BBC business editor Robert Peston.

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