A week in secondary

15th July 2016 at 00:00

The Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association has called on the government to do more to help LGBT pupils. General secretary Seamus Searson (pictured) said that educational professionals had become “more sensitive to the needs of the diverse range of young people that we teach”, but recent Stonewall Scotland research underlined the need for support “from the highest level”. It found, for example, that 44 per cent of secondary staff weren’t allowed to – or weren’t sure if they were allowed to – teach students about LGBT issues.

Some 24 families in Edinburgh have lost 2016-17 school places after giving false statements to get their children into popular schools. There were found to be 13 “catchment frauds” in the city’s secondaries and 11 in primaries – up from six in total last year – as the council stepped up its efforts to tackle the problem. James Gillespie’s High School was top of the list of the schools involved, with seven places refused. The council’s fraud team carried out 1,500 checks, including all potential S1 places at three of the most popular secondaries.

An East Lothian independent school can boast to be the best in the UK for golf, after winning a prestigious competition. Loretto School golfers last week competed in the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference national finals, at Delamere Golf Club in Cheshire. The team dedicated their win to Craig McGeary (pictured), a respected sports coach at Loretto, who died suddenly only days previously.

Fears have emerged that schools in an island authority will not benefit from national efforts to close the attainment gap. The Shetland Islands may miss out because Scottish Attainment Challenge funding will be based on high concentrations of free school meals, sidelining councils with more discrete areas of deprivation, according to a report in The Shetland Times. George Smith, depute education and families chairman, called for “some kind of island-proofing on this plan”.


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