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False allegations destroying teachers’ lives - union

Teachers who have allegations made against them by pupils or parents should not automatically be suspended, one of Scotland’s leading teaching unions said yesterday. Delegates at the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) 73rd annual congress in

Scotsman, Sunday, 10:38

Jane Bradley: We are nation of junk food pushers

With children bombarded by sweet treats, we need schools to take a stronger lead on healthy eating says Jane Bradley We are a nation of junk food pushers - and our market is our own children. A daily drip feed tells youngsters that sweet and sugary is go

Scotsman, Saturday, 07:28

Body snatchers among St Andrews University’s former students

It has proud links to leaders in medicine, politics and the arts, but now St Andrews University has revealed a darker breed of student, with body snatchers and thieves among those found on its rolls. A new database launched by the university tracks the s

Scotsman, 13 May 2017

Jamie Fries: Don’t insist on books for struggling readers

Children are growing up in a different world. No wonder literacy rates are dropping. Books are out, screens are in. We see it every day. Cafés, restaurants, parks and cars are full of children looking at screens. Books? Not so much. It’s easy to connect

Scotsman, 13 May 2017

Essay-writing firms preying on students, say universities

An “essay mill” company selling essays to students said it is doing nothing wrong and they are here to stay. The phenomenon of paying companies to write essays and dissertations means academic work can be submitted as a student’s own efforts – affecting

Scotsman, 13 May 2017

Scots primary school bans fidget spinners over injury fears

It is the latest craze sweeping school playgrounds worldwide – a small spinning toy which can be bought for as little as one pound. But now a primary school in Dundee has joined many across the UK and banned the pocket-sized gadgets saying they are a dis

Scotsman, 11 May 2017

Philanthropist leaves Napier university £750k to support classical music

A long-time university backer has left £750,000 in his will to support young classical musicians. Philanthropist Ian Tomlin’s legacy gift to Edinburgh Napier University, the largest ever received, matches support through scholarships and annual donations

Scotsman, 10 May 2017

Free cinema for the homeless attracts Hollywood stars

It began as a small free weekly cinema for the homeless where men and women struggling to survive on the streets, never mind pay to get into a multiplex showing the latest blockbusters, could enjoy a night’s entertainment. But now the Grassmarket Picture

Scotsman, 8 May 2017

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