A week in primary
Dunblane Primary School has been celebrating the success of three former pupils at the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament. As well as Andy Murray winning the men’s singles for the second time, brother Jamie competed in the men’s doubles – having recently reached No 1 in the world doubles rankings – while 16-year-old Ali Collins played in the girls’ singles and doubles. The 450-pupil school tweeted: “Great to see 3 @DunblanePrimary pupils @Wimbledon #win. #dpsbelieves”.
A “groundbreaking” assessment of 75 programmes that aim to improve outcomes for children up to the point that they start primary school has been published by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF). Foundations for Life: What works to support parent-child interaction in the early years assesses schemes from the UK and around the world. Carey Oppenheim, EIF chief executive, said that reduced funding in local authorities made it critical to identify the best evidence. To read the report visit bit.ly/EYevidence
Two Glasgow primaries have stayed open during the holidays as part of a programme to help families living in poverty. Dalmarnock and Ibrox primaries are serving lunchtime meals and offering activities for children, parents and guardians who live nearby. The move is part of Children in Scotland’s Food, Families, Futures programme, created after schools reported that many families faced severe difficulties during holidays. For details visit bit.ly/FFFpri
A Highland primary teacher has been cleared to continue in the profession after it was found that three pupil support assistants (PSAs) colluded to fabricate a complaint against her. A General Teaching Council for Scotland fitness-to-teach panel rejected allegations against Lesley Cooper, including that she had used excessive force on a boy with ASN. Vivienne Fraser, Fiona Smith and Kirsty Bonthrone were found to be part of a group of PSAs who “mounted a sustained campaign of harassment and vilification” against the teachers of St Duthus School in Tain.