A week in

23rd January 2015 at 00:00

A new advertising campaign is highlighting the role of parents and families in helping their children with literacy and numeracy. The “Help Them Shine” adverts, part of the national Read, Write, Count initiative, will be broadcast on television and will appear in Asda supermarkets. The Scottish government said the campaign would “help raise educational achievement while closing the attainment gap between the least and most disadvantaged children”. The advertisement can be viewed at bit.ly/LiteracyAd

It is widely accepted that teacher quality is the most important factor in learning, but the way to train good teachers is “not so easily agreed”, a leading educationalist has said. Professor Diane Mayer, dean of the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Education and Social Work, made the comments as she gave the first ever lecture in memory of David Stow, a Scottish pioneer in teacher training. In 1831, Stow founded the Glasgow Education Association. His teacher education institutions evolved to become what is now the University of Strathclyde’s School of Education, where the memorial lecture took place.

The hunt is on for examples of the best educational practice to feature at a key annual event. The Scottish Learning Festival will feature 100 seminars highlighting the best in Scottish education. All proposals for suitable projects to be showcased should be submitted online before Friday 19 February. The event itself takes place in Glasgow on 21 and 22 September. Find details at educationscotland.gov.uk/slf

Plans for parents to take over the running of a state-funded Catholic primary school have moved up a gear. Families from St Joseph’s Primary in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, have submitted final proposals to first minister Nicola Sturgeon. They were drawn up after East Dunbartonshire Council moved to close the school. The business plan argues that savings can be made by removing the school from council control.


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