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Step closer for college merger

- Three Glasgow colleges - Langside, Anniesland and Cardonald - have moved a step closer to merger by launching their formal consultation process. Students, staff and partner organisations have been invited to have their say on the new college, currently called Clyde College Glasgow. The consultation closes on 16 November.

Teacher agrees to be struck off

- Glasgow primary teacher Malcolm Monaghan has agreed to have his name removed from the GTCS register by waiving his right to contest allegations about his lack of fitness to teach. He accepted a number of claims about his poor teaching practice, ranging from failure to differentiate for pupils' abilities, setting tasks that were too simple, failing to communicate the learning intentions of various lessons, and poor classroom and behaviour management.

Free access to Science Centre

- Primaries in Glasgow are to have another year of free access to the Glasgow Science Centre's education programme. Glasgow City Council has agreed to give pound;50,000 to fund what was initially a year-long initiative for a further 12 months. It will give 35,000 pupils the opportunity to enjoy the centre's science sessions as part of their curriculum.

Backing for Barnardo's

- You First, Barnardo's Scotland's community-run early years service for new parents under 21 who have a baby under one year old, has been endorsed by the government. An evaluation report highlighted three areas of significant benefit: greater interaction between parents and their babies; the development of a social network; and increased confidence as parents.

Benefits from services boosted

- The number of young people across Scotland enjoying the benefits of access to local authority services and various discounts offered by Young Scot national entitlement cards has rocketed by 787 per cent since 2007. An answer to a parliamentary question lodged by Christine Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, revealed that in 2007, 52,029 young people in Scotland had a card; by 2012 the figure had risen to 461,505.

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