A week in

29th April 2016 at 00:00

The late publication of figures on primary pupils’ numeracy has prompted a political row. Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie accused the SNP of “jiggery-pokery” after it emerged that this year’s Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) would be published later than in the past, after next week’s Parliamentary elections. The SSLN – which tests P4s, P7s and S2s – focuses on numeracy this year. Last year’s SSLN literacy report raised concerns about falling standards. The SNP said Mr Rennie had a “brass neck” because, when in power, his party, along with Labour, had presided over declining standards.

Two Glasgow primaries will stay open throughout July in an effort to prevent children going hungry during the holidays. Dalmarnock and Ibrox primaries will provide food, plus advice on nutrition and preparing meals, to children and parents as part of Children in Scotland’s Food, Families and Futures project. In Glasgow, 38.8 per cent of primary pupils receive free school meals, and Ibrox and Dalmarnock have two of Scotland’s highest rates of entitlement.

The outstanding digital learning at a Fife primary school is being used to showcase the educational power of new technology. Kirkton of Largo Primary uses blogs and Twitter to celebrate pupils’ achievements and inform families about what they are learning. Education Scotland has been filming at the school, and also at Glasgow’s Rosshall Academy, to create videos for National Digital Learning Week (16-20 May). The footage will be posted on Glow TV. All schools are invited to share their digital learning on Twitter via #DigiLearnScot

Gaelic teachers can improve their leadership skills on a two-day course in the Highlands next month. Social Enterprise Academy and Education Scotland are jointly offering an Institute of Leadership and Management award, with Gaelic agency Bòrd na Gàidhlig providing funding. The course will take place in Strathpeffer on 20-21 May. For further details on the course, email kate@socialenterprise.academy

Teachers are being asked to share their views on the quality and importance of acoustics in schools. Louisa Johns, of consultants Anderson Acoustics, said: “For this research, we want to build a picture of first-hand experiences. We want to reach out directly to…teachers, to understand how sound affects what they do.” She highlighted research showing that poor acoustics in classrooms resulted in lower academic performance and greater workplace stress. The survey, which is open to primary and secondary teachers, runs until July at bit.ly/SchoolAcoustics


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