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Plans for first state-backed Islamic primary school in Scotland

Glasgow could soon be home to Scotland’s first state-backed Islamic primary school. Shaykh Zoheeb Iqbal, who opened Little Wonders Islamic nursery in the Govanhill area of the city in 2015, says the school would teach Muslims “to respect all religious be

Scotsman, Sunday, 16:21

Youths set Scots school alight then wait for firefighters

Police are hunting two youths who climbed onto the roof of a school to deliberately start a fire and then watched from nearby as firefighters put out the blaze. The fire caused “significant damage” to the roof and top floor of Woodfarm High School in Tho

Scotsman, Sunday, 09:38

£1bn Glasgow West End transformation plan given green light

A £1bn redevelopment in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, which will result in the construction of a new public square and the creation of up to 3,000 jobs, has been given the go-ahead by councillors. The principal of the University of Glasgow said the ex

Scotsman, Friday, 08:26

Aberdeenshire councillors consider Doric plan for schools

Pupils at Aberdeenshire schools could soon be studying Doric as part of the curriculum. Councillors are discussing a report that suggests all pupils in the area should develop a comprehensive understanding of the famous North-east dialect in a bid to pro

Scotsman, Thursday, 16:03

Impact of cashmere trade under spotlight on Mongolia trip

An Aberdeen University researcher is following the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough by studying the relationship between snow leopards, ibex and livestock in the wilds of Mongolia. Zara Morris-Trainor is living in a ger, a traditional Mongolian tent,

Scotsman, 13 February 2017

Jane Bradley: Picnics just won’t cut it for nursery Teddy

Last weekend was a big one in our household. We had an important visitor. The nursery teddy. Nursery teddy, in our case, a beige bear named Oscar, may seem to be an innocuous house guest. You’d think he’d be fairly undemanding: he doesn’t eat much; he do

Scotsman, 11 February 2017

Edinburgh school closures: ‘Luck’ that no children were killed

THE fact no children died when nine tonnes of brickwork collapsed at an Edinburgh primary school was simply “a matter of timing and luck”, a report has found. That was the conclusion of an independent expert after the findings of an inquiry into Edinburg

Scotsman, 9 February 2017

Bright but poor pupils ‘lag behind richer peers’ in Scotland

Bright but poor fourth year pupils in Scotland lag more than two years behind their richer peers educationally, according to a new report. The Sutton Trust found a gap equivalent to more than two years in schooling for science, reading and maths between

Scotsman, 9 February 2017

First-borns ‘do better’ in life than siblings, says study

First-born children have a ‘mental edge’ over siblings, outperforming them due to the receiving more mental stimulation from their parents, a study by the University of Edinburgh suggests. Economists at the university say the findings could help explain

Scotsman, 8 February 2017

Date set for Keane Wallis-Bennett FAI

A fatal accident inquiry into the death of a 12-year-old girl killed when a school gym wall collapsed on her is to take place in June. DOWNLOAD THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS APP ON ITUNES OR GOOGLE PLAY Keane Wallis-Bennett died when a modesty wall in the P

Scotsman, 7 February 2017

Glasgow primary school ban parents from speaking to teachers

Parents have been banned from talking to teachers when picking up their kids from a Glasgow school after staff received torrents of abuse. The barrage of insults has caused staff at the small primary school “significant distress” in recent weeks. The hea

Scotsman, 7 February 2017

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