Scottish Government urged to abandon ‘cruel’ standardised testing following accounts of pupils’ distress
Feedback to the new tests submitted by teachers has been described by the Educational Institute of Scotland as ‘grim reading’
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has faced fresh calls to abolish its new regime of standardised testing after feedback from teachers raised concerns about the assessments’ impact on the mental health of young children.
Campaigners welcome Holyrood recognition that army visits to schools may be 'part of the recruitment journey'
A new Scottish Parliament report on armed forces activities in schools has acknowledged the concerns of activists and child welfare groups
CAMPAIGNERS concerned about potential military recruitment in Scotland’s schools have welcomed recommendations made in a new Scottish Parliament report on the matter.
Inclusive education agenda welcomed, but undermined by cuts
Budget cuts have damaged the education of those with additional support needs, MSPs argue
BUDGET CUTS in Scottish education mean that school pupils in Scotland with additional support needs (ASN) are being short-changed, argued opposition MSPs in a Holyrood debate on Thursday afternoon.
Stonewall Scotland report: Scotland's schools failing to tackle anti-LGBT bullying
Research from Stonewall Scotland highlights the severity of anti-LGBT bullying in Scottish schools
ALMOST HALF of LGBT pupils in Scotland facing bullying in school, while many fail to receive sufficient education or support from teachers, according to new research from LGBT charity Stonewall Scotland.
NUS Scotland calls on UK Government to reinstate Post Study Work Visas
Comments follow announcement of pilot scheme involving two Scottish universities
THE UK GOVERNMENT should reinstate the Post Study Work Visa system for international students at “every institution”, the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland has argued.
The NUS Scotland statement follows the announcement of a pilot scheme, which includes two Scottish universities, that would make it easier for international students to obtain visas and find work.
Scottish private schools to finally pay "appropriate taxation"
Tories and Scottish Council of Independent Schools react furiously to budget announcement
THE NEWS that the Scottish Government will remove all business rates relief from private schools in Scotland has been condemned by the Scottish Tories and the director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools, despite fulfilling advice on the issue by an August review panel and being welcomed by experts.
Unions endorse campaign for improved student support ahead of Scottish budget
‘Budget for Better’ calls for increased bursaries, greater mental health support and an increase in the student loan repayment threshold
TRADE UNIONS representing staff and students from Scotland’s universities and colleges have united in their support for improved student support in the upcoming Scottish draft budget.
Number of children with additional support needs rises while staff and spending levels fall
The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition says the next Scottish budget must address the imbalance of ASN support
THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN in Scotland with additional support needs (ASN) is rising, while local authority spending and the number of qualified teachers has fallen, new figures from the Scottish Government have shown.
NUS Scotland calls for "root and branch" reform of financial support for poorest students
New report from the Student Awards Agency Scotland shows poorest students may accumulate over £23,000 of debt
NUS SCOTLAND has called for reform of the financial support system for Scottish students, following a new report from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), which shows that the poorest students in Scotland continue to take the highest loans, and may accumulate over £23,500 of debt over the course of a four-year degree.