A week in
Headteachers from Glasgow primaries running holiday clubs offering free meals and activities to support families over the summer say they have been “overwhelmed” by the interest in the schemes. Ultimately, 50 children missed out because the programme was oversubscribed. Dalmarnock and Ibrox primaries ran summer holiday clubs for four weeks in July as part of national charity Children in Scotland’s Food, Families, Futures (FFF) programme. Some 90 children took part across the two schools but 140 applied for the programme.
A primary school support worker from Perth and Kinross has been named “school champion” in a UK-wide award ceremony. School support worker Amanda Wilson from Meigle Primary was one of five winners in the Telegraph/Aldi School Champion Awards, presented this summer by Olympic champion Sally Gunnell. Meigle Primary is a small school of two classes in East Perthshire, and Ms Wilson – who runs an after-school bike club, a dance class, cooking classes and a healthy tuck shop for pupils – received the teamwork award.
Primary pupils in Angus are among those who will benefit from funding to get Scottish youngsters hooked on coding. A proposal from the Angus Young Engineers, based at Forfar Academy, to create an after-school computing club for primary and secondary pupils has secured funding, along with 11 other schemes, to develop computing science-related skills. The £250,000 Scotland’s Digital Xtra fund will also support a scheme that uses a wildlife camera to help pupils learn to code, and a forensic investigation project.
Labour has hit out at the government by claiming that the cost of school holiday childcare in Scotland is the highest in the UK. Despite First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claiming that childcare is the “most important infrastructure project of this Parliament”, Labour said in a briefing released last week that public sector school holiday childcare in Scotland was the most expensive in Britain – 11 per cent higher than in England and 17 per cent higher than in Wales. The party was quoting figures from the Family and Childcare Trust’s Holiday Childcare Survey 2016.