A week in
Science specialists will be appointed to improve teaching of the subject in primary schools in a new £1 million scheme. They will provide advice to schools, coordinate professional learning for teachers and help to improve existing science work. The programme, starting with a three-year pilot, will be funded by the Scottish government and the Wood Foundation, which was founded by oil and gas tycoon Sir Ian Wood. He said: “There are some good examples of science education in primary schools, but it is limited.”
Thousands of children with additional support needs (ASN) may not be getting the support they need from the start of primary school onwards, according to the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition. It highlighted new figures showing a “deeply disturbing” 13 per cent national fall in ASN teachers from 2010 to 2015. The figures, which emerged in an answer to a Parliamentary question, also showed that 22 of 32 local authorities recorded a fall in that period.
A parent-led campaign group has demanded assurances that thousands of children will not miss out on a nursery place after the summer holidays. Fair Funding for Our Kids fears that up to 8,000 children may not be able to use their entitlement of 600 hours of free childcare for all three- and four-year-olds. The group described the current system as “frustrating, overly complex and inconsistent”.
A primary school in Argyll and Bute has won a UK-wide environmental award. Luss Primary won a Total Green School Award for a project that saw pupils team up with the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust. Over the past six years they have been working to save the dwindling powan population. The whole school travelled to London Zoo last week for an awards ceremony, where it picked up a £1,000 prize.