A week in

15th April 2016 at 00:00

Fears over safety have led to 17 Edinburgh schools being closed, with councils across the country being urged to check the structural integrity of school buildings. In all, 10 primaries, five secondaries and two additional support needs schools have been shut in the capital this week owing to concerns over construction standards. All the schools were built around 10 years ago under the same public-private partnership contract. Problems with the buildings first came to light in January when a wall at Oxgangs Primary collapsed during severe weather.

The Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has promised to work for the immediate repeal of legislation that will involve every child in Scotland being assigned a “Named Person”. The scheme aims to provide a single point of contact for families, but critics argue it will result in unacceptable state intrusion into family life. Primary school leaders – who are likely to be the Named Person for the children in their schools – said they supported the policy but questions remained over the additional burden it would create.

Applications are now being accepted from aspiring headteachers who want to start the Into Headship qualification, which is set to become mandatory for all new heads in 2018. The course is now fully funded by the Scottish government and the first 145 teachers to embark on the year-long qualification started in September last year. Into Headship is aimed at people who are likely to become headteachers within the next two to three years. Find out more at bit.ly/HeadshipQualifications

An Edinburgh primary school that serves a deprived area has appointed a storyteller in residence to boost literacy. Pupils at Craigroyston Primary have been working with Mara Menzies since February in a bid to instil a passion for books and reading. Literacy experts have said that reading for pleasure is the key to improving children’s literacy. The project is being run by the Scottish Book Trust and funded by Scottish Gas, a local employer.

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