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Literacy decline over past three years

7 May 2015

Scotland’s education minister Angela Constance has promised to step up efforts to improve pupils’ literacy after a national survey found levels had fallen in the last three years.



Programme helps schools to support young carers

7 May 2015

A programme offering schools guidance, practical tools and training to support students who have caring responsibilities has been officially launched following a successful pilot.



Should Ofsted be abolished?

7 May 2015

There is a growing view among teachers and leaders that school inspections are unfair, stressful and adversarial. Lucie Mitchell examines what the future holds for Ofsted and asks whether there is a better way?


Key employment skills linked to volunteering

7 May 2015

Young job applicants who have voluntary experience through schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s, are more likely to demonstrate the employability skills that businesses are after, a poll has suggested.






At a glance headlines: April 30, 2015

30 April 2015

The importance of 'academic buoyancy, a new water challenge project, and a competition to design a school are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for April 30, 2015.







'Cells' inspire talented young poets

30 April 2015

“The future of literature is in good hands with poets like these around.” Those were the words of poet Peter McDonald, one of the judges of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, an annual award to encourage aspiring poets aged 16 to 18.



Call for more use of Scots language in classrooms

30 April 2015

More use of the Scots language in lessons could not only help pupils understand their culture better but also improve literacy and general learning, according to a report by Education Scotland.





What is worrying today's school leaders?

30 April 2015

From recruitment and the curriculum, to Ofsted and workload, the annual State of Education report, which dissects the views of school leaders across the country, makes for sobering reading ahead of the General Election. Fergal Roche explains


Lobby demands an end to ‘obsession’ with testing

30 April 2015

National and international teaching unions lobbied the annual general meeting of education and publishing company Pearson last week as part of a protest against high-stakes testing and the influence of profit-making organisations on education policy.


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