Highers low in pecking order
- Only 7 per cent of admissions officers feel Highers best prepare students to thrive at university, while 67 per cent put the International Baccalaureate Diploma top of their list, and a quarter rate A levels most highly. In a survey of 100 officers commissioned by ACS International Schools, respondents said that aside from exams and grades, they were looking for good written English and a passion for chosen subjects.
Unions' motion of no confidence
- A motion of no confidence in management has been passed by EIS-FELA union members at all four Edinburgh College campuses. They cited refusal by management to hear lecturers' grievances, the response to stress and alleged bullying, uncertainty around timetabled hours and a "statement by managers that lecturers on fixed-term contracts are not part of our establishment".
Queen's birthday honours for Scots
- The Queen's birthday honours list, announced last week, included some for people involved in Scottish education. There were OBEs for Kathryn Campbell, former manager, Eco-Schools Scotland; John Carnochan, former head, Violence Reduction Unit; and Gaye Linklater, former head, Hermitage Park Primary; Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop, for services to people with autism. Appointed MBE were: Iain Ellis, chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland; Marlyn Grant, former depute head, Riverbank Primary; Ian Valentine, former chair, Ayr College; Irene Hogg, general manager, Loanhead After School Club; and Jennifer di Folco, for services to art education in Fife.
Launch of Keys to Life strategy
- A government strategy has been launched to improve the health of the 120,000 Scots with learning disabilities. The Keys to Life, developed with local authorities body Cosla, aims to ensure that health professionals can help people with learning disabilities to be part of their community.
GTCS rejects bid for registration
- A maths teacher who sought work in Scotland has been refused registration after submitting false documents. Haroon Qadir was made a conditional offer of a job at Blairgowrie High in November 2011. Having had an application for registration refused by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, he asked for a review and submitted a letter and certificate, purportedly from Edge Hill University in Lancashire. The GTCS fitness to teach panel inferred that he produced the bogus documents himself.