EIS cries foul over guidance `shambles'
- Secondary heads are concerned that they will face chaos in the new year because of attempts to reclassify guidance posts when councils have no money to upgrade experienced staff. They fear schools may be left with fewer staff to carry out essential guidance duties next August if assistant principal teachers desert support roles in favour of class teaching.
Osler's final vision for HMI
- The retiring head of the inspectorate has called for a shake-up in how public services are scrutinised - which could spell the end of HMI as a separate body, 162 years after it was established. Douglas Osler, who leaves after six years in charge, believes there should be a single quality-assurance system holding all Scottish executive services accountable, to which the education inspectorate would report.
McCrone runs into red
- Almost half of Scotland's local authorities are running into difficulties funding the McCrone deal, Cosla leaders will be told. Up to pound;156 million extra will be needed in 2003-04, to fund teachers' pay rises and additional support staff, rationalise promoted posts and introduce the chartered teacher scale. Fee rises for independent schools and cuts in class contact time have yet to be costed.
Cucumber talk best left with sixth form
- Sixth-formers are better at teaching sex than teachers, a five-year study has found. Far more pupils felt sex education was useful when taught by peers, according to the Medical Research Council. Pupils said lessons were more fun and less censorious, and preferred the activity-based approach used, "like the lesson where you put the condom on the cucumber".
War talk boost to faith schools
- "I am ready for martyrdom," said the smooth-faced young man in the immaculate white robe. "This is what our faith teaches us, that we must defend our land, our home and our religion." Mahar Abdul Aziz, 17, is one of 199 students in the Al Hassan al Basri religious high school in Basra, a threadbare southern town. And the answers that he gives are a playback of what he has learnt in class.