A week in

20th November 2015 at 00:00

Scotland’s new headship qualification could adversely affect recruitment, the Education Select Committee has heard. A representative for Shetland Islands Council said that small schools might not receive applications for headteacher jobs if the Into Headship qualification was made obligatory. Private school heads also said that the move would make it harder to recruit people from outside Scotland. Primary school leaders body AHDS, meanwhile, feared that the qualification might put off certain potential candidates, such as single parents.

The National Profile Raising Group, which is charged with changing negative attitudes to maths and numeracy, met for the first time this week. It is chaired by Glasgow education director Maureen McKenna and includes members from academia, industry and science. Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, whose company is represented in the group, said: “I was lucky enough to have an inspirational maths teacher at school and that has certainly been of huge benefit to me throughout my career.”

A new review is to explore parents’ role in their children’s education, a decade after the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act was introduced. It will be led by the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

A tiny Roman Catholic primary school in Dumfries and Galloway is to close. Bishop of Galloway William Nolan said he would regret the loss of the seven-pupil St Peter’s Primary in Dalbeattie, but acknowledged a lack of demand for denominational education in the area.

Jean McLeish, a freelance journalist who wrote for TESS for many years, has died after a short illness at the age of 60. Jean covered north-east Scotland and the Highlands, and was a trusted and highly regarded colleague. Her empathy for her subjects, combined with a knack for uncovering little-known stories, made her an outstanding reporter. She was highly commended in the feature-writer category at the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards in 2010, and was shortlisted in 2012.

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