This week

First World War remembered

- Every secondary school in Scotland will be offered funding for educational visits to Western Front battlefields and war graves as part of the Scottish government's plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Priority for the one-off #163;2,000 grants will be given to schools in deprived areas and there will be extra subsidies for island schools. The #163;1 million fund will be administered by Historic Scotland.

Support for those leaving care

- A new campaign from the charity Who Cares? Scotland will confront stigma and discrimination faced by children in care and young people leaving care. "Give me a chance: phase II" was launched at what organisers described as the first event of its kind, in Edinburgh this week. It brought together nearly 200 senior representatives from local authorities, voluntary organisations, charities, funding bodies and the Scottish government.

Science to be boosted by #163;3m

- A #163;3 million package of investment in science - including #163;200,000 to support young people learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects at school - has been announced. The funding includes #163;2.53 million for the four Scottish science centres; #163;251,000 for 19 science festivals; and #163;250,000 for Talking Science - a grants programme supporting events that help to get people talking about science. The funding was announced by science minister Alasdair Allan before a parliamentary debate on the benefits of public science engagement.

Glasgow school mergers debated

- Glasgow City Council is to consult on bringing together an additional support for learning (ASL)school and a mainstream secondary, and a merger between two ASL schools. The first proposal is to situate St Oswald's Secondary in a vacant area at St Margaret Mary's Secondary. The second is to merge Milton School and Ashcraig Secondary in the current Ashcraig building. Consultations will begin on 5 June.

Work skills boost for the jobless

- A #163;2.4 million scheme that will see 1,000 jobless 16- to 24-year-olds gain employability skills and experience as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy programme has been unveiled by first minister Alex Salmond. Scotland's Best will offer the young people volunteering opportunities, many of them at events such as the Gymnastics World Cup, and help them to gain a qualification at SCQF level 4.

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