A week in primary: 27 July 2018

27th July 2018 at 00:00

Children as young as 8 are being invited to join a panel to share their views on Brexit with the Scottish government. The panel is being set up by Children in Scotland and Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights). Applicants can be aged up to 18, and must submit their applications by Thursday 2 August, with a selection day taking place on 7 August. For further information, see bit.ly/BrexitPanel

A programme aimed at tackling “holiday hunger” is offering five times as many places this summer for pupils. Last year, Children in Scotland’s Food, Families, Futures project, which offers meals and activities over the summer in deprived areas, ran in two local authorities. However, it has expanded into four councils and the number of places has increased from 4,000 last year to 20,300 this summer, many of which are being taken up by primary pupils.

Online maths games can help disadvantaged pupils to catch up with their more affluent peers, according to new research. Sumdog Maths is available to all children from P2-S3 in Glasgow. Last August, the attainment gap between the least and most deprived schools in the city was the equivalent of 1.1 academic years, but by April it had shrunk to 0.8.

A choir from Davidson’s Mains Primary in Edinburgh has won the Scottish Primary School Glee Challenge. The team has performed in front of full houses at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms and the Perth Concert Hall, and at the ScotFest festival, at the Royal Highland Centre, on the same bill as B*Witched, Boyzone, East 17 and Liberty X.

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