Teachers work ‘extra 11 hours’ a week

Scotland’s teachers are working 11 additional hours on top of their contracted week, according to a survey carried out by union EIS. The union asked 3,500 primary and secondary teachers to record their hours over a two-week period. The average teacher was working 46.5 hours – well beyond the contracted

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Literacy levels falling in Scotland’s schools

Literacy levels in Scotland’s schools have dipped, according to a new report. Compared to 2012, fewer Scottish school children are good at reading and writing. The 2014 Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy, published this week, shows that performance in reading has dropped in primary schools, as well as in

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Graphic novel changes pupils’ environmental behaviour

A graphic novel based on the life of conservationist John Muir has proven to shift young people’s attitudes towards and connection to the natural world, according to a recent study. The novel, free copies of which were sent to every secondary school in Scotland last year, was intended to help

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A quarter of pupils face prejudice-based bullying

By Lindsay Duncan A report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has shown the level of prejudice-based bullying in Scottish secondary schools. The research, conducted by LGBT Youth Scotland and respectme, spoke to 1,250 pupils and 330 teachers throughout Scotland. The research uncovered that one in four pupils were

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