Nominations open for awards
- Nominations are open for the 2013 Scottish Education Awards. All Scottish publicly funded schools and pre-school establishments, as well as nurseries in partnership with local authorities, can enter. Anyone can make a nomination and there is no limit on the number of nominations. There are 17 categories. Entries will be accepted until 22 February. www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk
'Excellence' in the curriculum
- Calderglen High in East Kilbride has become the first secondary to have its curriculum deemed "excellent" by inspectors since updated guidelines were issued by Education Scotland. Strengths at the South Lanarkshire school include: partnerships and innovation; the holistic approach to health and well-being; leadership at all levels; and the head's outstanding" leadership.
Primary schools to be revamped
- Glasgow City Council has promised to rebuild or refurbish all primaries, as well as nurseries and additional support for learning schools, within five years. Stephen Curran, executive member for education and young people, said: "Not only will this benefit children across Glasgow, this major capital investment will provide a significant boost to the local economy." Last month, the council agreed to allocate #163;5 million for the latest phase of an "education estate strategy", covering initial design, project management costs and surveys.
Bid to rejoin teaching denied
- A former English and history teacher who applied to rejoin the profession after his conviction for sexual offences relating to children was quashed, and charges found not proven in a retrial, has had his application rejected. The General Teaching Council for Scotland decided that, on "a balance of probabilities", James Boyle, 56, had committed certain offences in the 1970s. He was also found to have engaged in "offensive and inappropriate correspondence" with the GTCS.
- Owing to a production error, TESS did not credit the photographs of Dalry Primary pupils on pages 3 and 18-19 in TESS, 14 December, to the school's art teacher, Lesley Sim. We apologise for this omission and are happy to acknowledge that Dalry Primary in North Ayrshire is a leading participant in the George Wyllie Education Initiative being undertaken across 90 schools in the west of Scotland.