pound;9m offer to end heads' stalemate
Heads, deputes and assistant heads have won a pound;9 million pay and conditions package, after 14 months of discussions, giving them salary increases on top of normal annual awards for teachers. The deal is understood to include average pay rises of 5 to 7.5 per cent in return for more flexible working. There will be an expectation to sacrifice holiday time to manage schools, but union fears about "open-ended contracts" have been assuaged.
Forsyth constituent acts to force tests
Despite the apparent glasnost which has unfrozen relations between Education Minister Michael Forsyth and education authorities over primary testing, confrontation is not dead. Central Region has been told by the Scottish Office Education Department that it is in breach of legal obligations. Celia McMillan, a constituent of the Education Minister, protested that the council had failed to meet her wishes to have her children tested at Bridge of Allan Primary.
The Labour party claims inspections have been cut back to the point where secondary and independent schools can only be inspected every 24 years, primaries every 34 years, and nursery schools once a century. Education spokesman Tony Worthington, responding to a parliamentary answer from Education Minister Michael Forsyth, said this was explained by inspectors "wasting their time on Forsyth's follies".
New `hourly' rate for teachers
It takes five hours of teacher time to produce one hour of pupil work, according to figures produced by Strathclyde. This new appreciation of teachers' workload emerged when the schools sub-committee discussed a proposal to pay teachers for curriculum work commissioned from the authority and done in their own time.
Holm parents say they were `conned'
Ahead of Scotland's second ballot on opting out, at Girvan's Sacred Heart Academy, the school involved in the first ballot learnt that the decision which sparked a parent revolt would stand. Orkney Islands Council voted to amalgamate Holm Primary with St Andrews Primary. Beforehand, councillors agreed to "reconsider" whether to close the school; Holm parents then voted not to opt out of authority control. Protestor Duncan Gaudie said they had been "completely conned".