SED goes ahead with schemes for 16-18s
- The Scottish Education Department is going ahead with four schemes to boost educational opportunities for 16-18s, despite the Government not having published conclusive proposals following public comments to consultation that began in October 1979. They include post-16 courses for pupils of low ability who would benefit from a vocational emphasis, and closer co-operation between schools and FE colleges.
Maths should relate to life, says report
- Maths in schools should be more related to real-life situations, says the first report from the Education for the Industrial Society project, based on research by Miss Eleanor Howie, a maths teacher at Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy. In interviews with employers, common sense and ability to communicate were among qualities looked for in recruits.
Teachers told how to sell their skills
- At Strathclyde University, newly-qualified teachers listened to guidance about selling their skills to other markets if they were unable to get a job in schools. The conference took place after the General Teaching Council announced there would be only 87 jobs for 703 newly-qualified primary teachers and 991 posts for 1,684 secondary applicants.
Nationalist protesters await trial
- The school year in Estonia, the least populous and third-smallest of the 15 Soviet Union republics, is getting off to a gloomy start. About 10 senior pupils await trial for their part in nationalist unrest last autumn, and four or five are already serving sentences in labour camps. Three Haapsalu High pupils, long detained in Tallin jail, have been indicted for "malicious hooliganism", with a maximum five-year sentence.
Blacks invited to move in
- Residents of a mostly white neighbourhood in Denver, Colorado, are advertising in newspapers to persuade black families to move into their area. They want to achieve peaceful integration in order to avoid compulsory school desegregation and the resulting school bussing designed to attain an acceptable racial balance in schools.