Education

Scottish teachers quit in record numbers amid pay dispute

Scottish teachers quit in record numbers amid pay dispute

Teachers demand 10% pay rise Thousands of Scottish teachers have left their jobs in the past year, as the pay dispute between the unions and the government continues to escalate. According to the latest figures from the Scottish government, the number of teachers who quit in 2023 was 4,567, up from 3,895 in 2022 and 3,317 in 2021. This represents a 37.7% increase in teacher resignations over the past three years. The main reason for the mass exodus of teachers is the ongoing disagreement over their salaries, which the unions claim are among the lowest in Europe. The Educational Institute…
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Head teacher criticises Scotland’s curriculum for being unclear and confusing

Head teacher criticises Scotland’s curriculum for being unclear and confusing

Scotland’s curriculum for school education has been challenged by a head teacher who claims it is vague and ambiguous, leaving schools unsure about what to teach and how to assess students. Curriculum for Excellence under scrutiny The head teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, has written a letter to the Scottish government, expressing his concerns about the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), which aims to provide a holistic, coherent, and future-oriented approach to learning between the ages of 3 and 18. The letter, which was obtained by The Scotsman, states that the CfE is “thoroughly confused” and “lacks clarity, coherence, and…
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Private nurseries in Scotland face funding crisis amid council cuts

Private nurseries in Scotland face funding crisis amid council cuts

Private childcare providers in Scotland are struggling to survive as they face significant underfunding from local councils, according to a new report by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Scotland. Funding gap widens between private and public nurseries The report, based on a survey of 200 private nurseries across Scotland, found that the average funding rate for three and four-year-olds was £5.31 per hour, which was 17% lower than the average cost of delivering the service. This means that private nurseries are losing an average of £1,029 per funded child per year. In contrast, the average funding rate for council-run nurseries…
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How Poverty Affects School Readiness in Scotland

How Poverty Affects School Readiness in Scotland

The Cost-of-Living Crisis Poverty is not a new problem in Scotland, but it has become more severe and widespread due to the cost-of-living crisis that has hit many families this year. According to SallyAnn Kelly, the chief executive of the children’s charity Aberlour, more and more families are struggling to afford basic necessities such as food, clothing, heating and transport. This has a direct impact on the well-being and education of their children, who often come to school hungry, cold, tired and unprepared. Kelly said that the charity has seen a 50 per cent increase in demand for its services since the start of the…
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England accused of cheating in international education rankings

England accused of cheating in international education rankings

England’s education minister has been criticised for failing to disclose that some schools in England were excluded from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests in 2018, which may have inflated the country’s performance in the global rankings. What are the PISA tests? The PISA tests are conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to measure the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, science, and global competence. The tests are designed to assess how well students can apply their learning to real-life situations and problems. The PISA tests are widely…
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How Smartphones in Classrooms Affect Students’ Learning and Well-being

How Smartphones in Classrooms Affect Students’ Learning and Well-being

Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, but they can also pose challenges and risks when used in educational settings. In this article, we will explore how smartphones in classrooms affect students’ learning and well-being, and what policies and practices can be adopted to balance the benefits and drawbacks of these devices. The Impact of Smartphones on Learning Outcomes Smartphones can be useful tools for learning, as they can provide access to information, communication, and collaboration. However, they can also be sources of distraction, disruption, and cheating. Research has shown that students who use their smartphones for non-academic purposes during…
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Scotland’s Education System Falls Behind in Global Rankings

Scotland’s Education System Falls Behind in Global Rankings

Scotland’s education system has suffered a huge decline in its performance in the latest Pisa rankings, an international survey that measures the skills of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and science. The country’s scores in all three subjects were lower than the OECD average, and well below the levels achieved in 2000. Pisa: What is it and why does it matter? Pisa stands for Programme for International Student Assessment, and it is conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It tests the abilities of 600,000 students from 79 countries and regions to apply what they…
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Scotland urged to learn more European languages

Scotland urged to learn more European languages

Scotland’s education minister has called for more Scots to learn the languages of Europe, saying that it would boost the country’s economy and cultural diversity. He also announced a new strategy to promote language learning in schools and communities. The benefits of multilingualism The education minister, Angus Robertson, said that learning a second or third language was not only a valuable skill, but also a way of connecting with other cultures and peoples. He said that Scotland had a rich linguistic heritage, with Gaelic, Scots and English being spoken, as well as many other languages brought by immigrants and refugees.…
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Scotland’s top schools 2023: St Mary’s Music School tops the league table

Scotland’s top schools 2023: St Mary’s Music School tops the league table

The Sunday Times has published its annual league table of the best schools in Scotland for 2023, based on the academic performance of pupils in National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams. The list reveals the top 20 state and independent schools in the country, as well as the best-performing schools in each region. Here are some of the highlights from the report. St Mary’s Music School: the best school in Scotland St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh has been ranked as the best school in Scotland for 2023, with an impressive record of 95% of pupils achieving two or…
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Why banning phones in schools may hinder digital evolution

Why banning phones in schools may hinder digital evolution

The debate over phone bans The use of mobile phones in schools has been a controversial topic for many years. Some argue that phones are a distraction and a source of cyberbullying, while others claim that they are a valuable tool for learning and communication. Recently, the UK government announced that it will issue new guidance to schools on restricting the use of phones by students. The move follows similar policies adopted by other countries, such as France, which banned phones in primary and middle schools in 2018. However, not everyone agrees with the idea of banning phones in schools. Pat Kane, a…
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