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16th October 2015 at 00:00

Argyll and Bute targets libraries

All secondary school libraries in Argyll and Bute could be shut as part of a bid to save up to £26 million over the next five years. The council, which wants to make a total of 44 education-related cuts, also wants to axe 72 posts for additional support needs assistants. Other proposed cuts include removing schools’ management development and training budgets, as well as reducing clerical assistants, supply teachers and janitors. The council is expected to begin consulting on the proposals at the end of this month and the decisions will be finalised next year.

Glasgow Clyde board removed

Education secretary Angela Constance has taken action to replace the chair and all board members at Glasgow Clyde College after months of controversy. In a statement last week, Ms Constance said that the outgoing board had “failed to discharge its duties on a number of counts, including breaching clear rules on expenditure limits and allowing its relationship with student representatives to break down”. But a statement from the dismissed board members said they were “stunned” by the decision, which they warned was open to “challenge in the courts”. Read the full story on the TES website at bit.ly/BreakingGlasgow

Scots language learning gets a new website

Education Scotland has launched a website to help improve the teaching and learning of the Scots language. The new hub sits within the languages section of the Education Scotland website and will feature educational resources including a short animated history of the Scots language. For more information, see bit.ly/ScotsHub

Former college’s pay-offs under fire from MSPs

The governance at a former college in Glasgow has been branded “unacceptable” by a committee of MSPs. North Glasgow College lacked openness and transparency, according to a report from Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee. It says the college’s remuneration committee was unaware of its responsibilities and that decisions on pay-offs fell short of the required standard. The college merged with two others in 2013 to create Glasgow Kelvin College. North Glasgow College principal Ronnie Knox received a pay-off of more than £310,000 and John Gray, his vice-principal, received some £160,000. The committee’s report follows criticism from the public spending watchdog Audit Scotland.

Going wild ‘now a key part of the curriculum’

Engaging with wild places is becoming “a mainstream part” of the new curriculum, conservation charity the John Muir Trust has said. The trust is now working with 400 schools across Scotland through its John Muir Award, which encourages outdoor activities. Figures released by the trust show that 13,468 awards were achieved by pupils and teachers in 2014-15 – an 8 per cent increase on the previous year. Of these, 24 per cent were gained by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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