A week in

8th July 2016 at 00:00

Figures showing that children just about to start school are more likely to be affected by poverty than their older peers are “deeply disheartening”, according to Save the Children. Neil Mathers, the charity’s head of Scotland, warned that if children grew up in poverty from a young age, the damage could last a lifetime. There are now about one in five children living in poverty and the ramifications “stretch into the classroom and far beyond,” Mr Mathers said.

A top golf tournament resembled a maths quiz thanks to the efforts of pupils from two primary schools. The Making Maths Count initiative and Aberdeen Asset Management worked with Ardersier and Balloch primaries to show the importance of maths to sport during Wednesday’s Scottish Open Pro-Am at Castle Stuart, Inverness. Pupils wrote maths expressions for the flags and tees of each hole – Hole 11 was √121, for example, and Hole 13 was 42-3.

Midlothian is to host Scotland’s first conference on what is believed to be the world’s biggest education research project. The Visible Learning event is named after the 2008 book by John Hattie, which explored data from more than 80 million students. TESS reported last August that Midlothian was the first Scottish council to roll out the strategy across all schools, including primaries. The event will take place in Edinburgh this November.

A 12-year-old pupil at a Scottish school has won a place at the National Youth Ballet. Hamish Ogilvy, of Loretto School in Musselburgh, East Lothian, will perform in the 2016 season, including a gala performance at Sadler’s Wells in London. Hamish, who started dancing aged 5 with the Morag Alexander School of Dancing in Musselburgh, secured one of only 120 places available across the UK.


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