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Dr Sax to discuss single sex schools

- A world expert on single-sex education will hold a seminar at all-girls Kilgraston School in Bridge of Earn. Dr Leonard Sax, a psychologist, doctor and writer (pictured), will review his research when he speaks at the school on 10 May. He thinks boys and girls should be taught separately because of the differences in how they learn and the way their brains develop. For tickets, email

Postgraduate places funded

- Funding for an additional 850 taught postgraduate places at Scottish universities has been announced by education secretary Michael Russell. The #163;30 million investment will help students pursue specialist training in key industries, including energy, life sciences, creative industries, construction and health. Mr Russell said the funds, more than #163;6.2 million of which are to be spent in 2013-14, showed commitment to providing exceptional education to meet the demands of the economy.

School closure recommended

- The closure of Castlebrae Community High in Edinburgh has been recommended in a report to be considered at a council meeting on 14 March. The report, which details the outcome of the consultation on the proposed closure from the end of the current school year, said pupils continued to experience very poor educational outcomes as a result of the low roll and their needs would be better met at neighbouring schools.

Jobs scheme to receive #163;6.3m

- The Scottish government has pledged #163;6.3 million of funding for third sector programme Community Jobs Scotland. Funding of #163;5.75 million will support up to 1,000 young people into employment in 2013-14; 10 per cent of this will be ring-fenced for young people with disabilities and long-term illnesses, who will also be supported by a further #163;550,000 to be invested in 100 job opportunities this year.

US project to help abused trialled

- Scottish children at risk of recurring abuse could be the first in Britain to benefit from a groundbreaking US approach to overcoming the impact of abuse and neglect. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, children's charity NSPCC will run a four-year clinical trial of the New Orleans Intervention Model in Glasgow. It is based on working with birth families and foster carers and addresses the issues they face through targeted interventions.

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