Learning Festival under review
- Education Scotland is undertaking a review to ensure that the Scottish Learning Festival meets the needs of the education community. Reference groups have met recently to consider whether SLF should continue, how it could best support education and propose possible formats. The organisation has now created an online survey.
New chief for Moray House
- Rowena Arshad is the new head of the University of Edinburgh's Moray House School of Education. Dr Arshad began her working life in business and banking, moving to youth and community work. Her most recent roles include head of the university's Institute for Education, Community and Society, and associate dean for student academic misconduct at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. An expert in equity and anti-discrimination issues, she takes up her post on 1 April.
School closure to be reconsidered
- The Scottish government is to review a decision to close the secondary school where classic film Gregory's Girl was shot. Last month, North Lanarkshire Council approved plans to close Abronhill High in 2014 and transfer pupils to Cumbernauld High, citing falling rolls and the opportunity to save #163;1.3 million. The Scottish government will now reconsider that decision; it has expressed concerns over an apparent lack of clarity about the educational benefits of closure.
Strategy for early years launched
- A #163;6.8 million "family-centred" early years strategy has been launched in Renfrewshire. More children will benefit from pre-school teachers, with the emphasis on the transition from nursery to primary school. There will be help for parents in finding jobs and advice on money and health problems. The strategy also covers social work and health visitors, and support for children outwith school hours. Two trial programmes will be based in Ferguslie and Linwood.
'Outstanding' for Queen Anne High
- The "sustained improvement" at Queen Anne High in Dunfermline has led to an outstanding Education Scotland report from HM inspectors, meaning it ranks among the best schools in Scotland. Attainment has been improving at the Fife school for some time, with results better than at comparator schools. Main strengths include partnerships and collaborative working, and innovative professional learning.