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12th February 2016 at 00:00

Applications have opened for a £1.5 million “innovation fund” to help schools close the attainment gap. The fund is open to all publicly funded primary, secondary and special schools that are not already benefitting from the Attainment Scotland Fund. Applications should focus on literacy, numeracy or health and wellbeing. More details and information on application deadlines can be found at bit.ly/InnoFund

A group set up to challenge negative attitudes towards maths in Scotland has appealed to the public for help. The Making Maths Count expert group, which draws expertise from industry, academia and science, will make recommendations on how to generate enthusiasm for maths and increase participation in the subject. On Tuesday the group launched an online questionnaire asking for public opinion to inform its work, which can be found at bit.ly/makemathscount

Catholics working in secular schools should take up posts in Catholic institutions, the

Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has said. There is an acute shortage of Catholic teachers and headteachers, the Archbishop said. As president of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, he said that bishops had appealed to ministers to ensure that enough teachers were being trained to work in Scotland’s 310 Catholic primaries and 53 secondaries.

Flagship legislation that could usher in an era of high-stakes testing in primary schools has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.The Education (Scotland) Bill, which was unanimously agreed at Holyrood last week, places a duty on local authorities and ministers to prioritise measures to reduce the educational divide between young people from different social backgrounds. It also legislates for the National Improvement Framework, which will bring in standardised national assessments in literacy and numeracy at P1, P4, P7 and S3.

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