EIS fights ruling on nursery heads
- The EIS union has appealed against the decision by the Court of Session to allow Glasgow City Council to appoint nursery heads who are not trained teachers. General secretary Larry Flanagan said qualified nursery teachers were vital to quality education provision in nursery schools and the ruling by the Outer House of the Court of Session failed to take account of the legal requirement for teachers to deliver education in schools.
Job prospects scheme is a hit
- More than two-thirds of vulnerable young people who took part in an initiative to improve their job prospects were successful in finding jobs or places on college training programmes, the Scottish government has announced. Of the 2,617 young people who took part in the Activity Agreement scheme in 2012-13, more than half were also able to sustain their positive progress beyond half a year. All 32 councils now offer activity agreements to vulnerable 16- to 19-year-olds.
'Alcatraz' school is upgraded
- The upgrade of Lochaber High in the Highlands -described by a former education minister as "Alcatraz" because it was so ugly - is about to reach its third phase, which includes a new extension, taking investment in the school to more than #163;26 million. Meanwhile, Edinburgh's Boroughmuir High, dubbed one of the worst school buildings in Scotland, has unveiled plans for its new canal-side site.
Students needed to battle bullying
- Aberdeenshire Council is looking for current and former students to take the lead in reshaping approaches to bullying in its schools. The "youth commissioners" - of which there will be 20 aged between 14 and 20 - will make recommendations for the implementation of a new framework for managing bullying behaviour. Work on the project will take place on Tuesday evenings from August. Applications must be submitted by Friday, 14 June. Visit bit.lybattlebullying
Forum for the abused backed
- A plan to offer adults abused in care a forum to talk about their experiences have been supported by the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee. However, the National Confidential Forum should not be seen as "a panacea", the committee warned. Committee convener Duncan McNeil said: "The experiences of each and every child that suffered whilst in care are personal and individual to them. It should not be a one-size-fits-all model."