Quantcast

Latest Education in Scotland Stories

2008-10-06 06:00:18

By FIONA MacLEOD EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT TEACHERS are demanding the Scottish Government delays introducing the new school curriculum amid concerns it will prove impossible to implement under the current timetable. The Curriculum for Excellence was expected to be used by every school from next August, but teachers say it cannot be done in the time available. At a meeting of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association Council on Saturday, a motion was passed calling for a delay until...

2008-09-29 12:00:16

By ANDREW DENHOLM EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT AN internationally renowned academic has accused Scottish universities of failing to contribute to the development of the country's new school curriculum. Professor Richard Teese, who wrote a key report on the current state of Scottish education for the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development, believes universities should be playing a greater role in the so-called Curriculum for Excellence. Professor Teese, head of...

2008-09-27 09:00:24

By FIONA MACLEOD EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT AN INTERNATIONAL education expert has criticised Scottish universities for failing to help create new school qualifications. Richard Teese, the lead academic behind a sweeping report on Scottish education commissioned by the previous Scottish Executive and released last year, said universities had been too quiet on the subject. Mr Teese, from Melbourne University, said testing had a bad reputation in the UK but was necessary to judge...

2008-09-26 12:00:29

By ANDREW DENHOLM EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT COMPUTER games have been shown to boost maths attainment in a pioneering study in Scottish schools. Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the curriculum development organisation analysed the effect of the educational game Brain Training from Dr Kawashima . In a project involving more than 600 pupils in 32 schools, research by Dundee University found a daily dose of the computer game improved pupils' attainment in maths and their concentration...

2008-09-24 12:00:36

By ANDREW DENHOLM EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT GIRLS are still outperforming boys at all levels of the curriculum, it was confirmed yesterday, following the publication of exam results for local authorities across Scotland. Despite the adoption of a variety of measures to raise standards among boys, from single sex classes to regular testing, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) figures show no signs of the gender gap closing. This year, 30per cent of boys achieved five or more...

2008-09-05 15:00:08

SCIENCE centres in Scotland - including the Glasgow Science Centre - are to receive a GBP250,000 cash boost. The funding is designed to help pupils become switched on to physics and engineering. Bids will be made to the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre for the money which will be used as part of the Scottish Government programme, Curriculum for Excellence. A recent survey showed too few primary four to seven pupils were achieving expected levels in science in the classroom....

2008-09-05 12:00:06

SCHOOL pupils Ben Wilcox, 17, and Caitlin Stronach, 16, get to grips with an astronaut's suit as they prepare to blast off on a mission to the US space agency, Nasa. Ben, of Portobello High, and Caitlin, of St Margaret's Academy in Livingston, are part of a group of 26 pupils from Scottish schools heading for a ten-day trip to Nasa's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. The lucky students have been selected from 3000 young people who are taking part in Careers Scotland's Space School...

ad4e43d1fa1df53f6173b147c6831d1f1
2008-08-29 12:15:00

By Kay Smith Scottish pupils should have access to social networking sites in schools according to a Westminster government and industry adviser. Social networking sites such as Bebo, MySpace, Facebook and You Tube "are vital educational tools which encourage collaboration and learning among pupils, " said Charles Leadbeater, Visiting Fellow to the UK National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts, and adviser to the Department for Education and Skills' Innovations Unit. Leadbeater...

2008-08-27 15:01:00

By DAMIEN HENDERSON A FATHER who sued his daughter's education authority has dropped the case after learning that her right to be taught English has less protection in law than her right to be given religious studies. Paul Tierney, 47, had claimed that South Lanarkshire Council should reimburse him the cost of paying for a private tutor - GBP250 - for his daughter Denise, 15, as there was no dedicated English teacher at her school for a three-month period in the run-up to her Standard...

2008-08-13 15:00:51

LEADING Scottish educationalist Dr Ethel Gray has died at the age of 85. ETHEL Gray devoted her life to making education accessible to all. Among her many achievements was being the first woman appointed to the court of Heriot-Watt University. Her grandmother was a Suffragette and her mother, a feminist, founded her own business during the depression. Dr Gray, formerly of Church Hill, Morningside, was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow and went on to become an...


Word of the Day
pungle
  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.
This word comes from the Spanish 'pongale,' put it.
Related