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Performing arts centre opens

The sound of music will herald the opening of a new performing arts centre to boost young Scottish talent. Students at Aberdeen College will entertain guests at the state-of-the-art facility, which includes music practice rooms, recording studios and a 96-seater theatre, where the opening is scheduled to take place this afternoon.

Award for Scottish teacher

A Scottish teacher was named UK Teacher of the Year in the 2011 Pearson Teaching Awards. Christine Emmett, from St Elizabeth's Primary in Hamilton, received the award live on television at the UK teaching "Oscars" in London, hosted by Lenny Henry with celebrity presenters including Dame Vivienne Westwood. In June, Mrs Emmett was named Scottish Teacher of the Year in the Scottish Education Awards.

Leadership training pays off

A dozen teachers have been promoted after completing a new leadership development programme. Of 16 teachers from South Ayrshire who took part in the scheme for aspiring heads and deputes, 12 have now moved up to acting senior roles or significantly higher positions. The programme was set up in October 2010 to help teachers fulfil their potential. It covers skills including leading change. Candidates also shadow a leader during their training.

Trumpeting youth music

An unusual mix of rock and brass band players performed at a concert for Scottish schoolchildren to herald a new music education programme. Music for Youth held the free concert in Perth last week to mark the charity's arrival in Scotland. The three-year programme, part of the Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative, will culminate in a national youth music festival.

Inclusion software lauded

An online database promoting equality among students by making it easier to monitor performance has won a Scottish college top place in a UK competition. Cumbernauld College was named joint winner of the prestigious OASES 2011 award by national educational advisory service, JISC TechDis. Developing the database has allowed staff to monitor student attainment at college, faculty, course and class level. It is credited in the college's latest positive HMIE report.

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