A week in
PlayTalkRead, the Scottish government’s early years campaign, is visiting football clubs across the country, the children’s minister Aileen Campbell has revealed. The PlayTalkRead bus kicked off its football tour last Saturday at St Johnstone FC. The bus tour coincides with “Year of the Dad”, led by Fathers Network Scotland and supported by the government. The “year” promotes the importance of male role models in child development. Ms Campbell said: “I hope dads, uncles, grandpas and many others across Scotland will take the opportunity to visit the bus with their children.”
A Highland community has decided to build its own school after the council said it did not have money to replace its dilapidated primary. Strontian Primary is one of the most remote schools in Scotland, situated in the north-west Highlands. The building, constructed in the 1970s with two classrooms, has been classed by the council as in “poor” condition. The local community has now got the go-ahead from the council to establish the costs of building.
Inclusion policies only work if everyone in a school – including janitors and dinner ladies – buys into them, a global expert has said. “It is the role of all school personnel to create a more welcoming and effective learning culture for learners with vulnerabilities and their families,” said Loretta Giorcelli, who stressed that this should be in place from the start of primary school. Dr Giorcelli, a former primary teacher in Australia, was addressing the Aberdeen Learning Festival last week.
A nursery campaign group led by parents claims the education secretary is unable to answer “the most basic of questions” on how the Scottish government is going to deliver its promise to double free nursery hours. In December, Fair Funding for Our Kids met Angela Constance and asked for details on how the 1,140 hours promise would be delivered. According to the group, she could not say how much the policy would cost, how many staff or how many new buildings would be required.