Boys twice as likely to need learning support

New research has found that boys are more likely thank girls to need additional support in school. The study, which focused on children aged eight, showed that nearly one in five boys (18%) need extra learning support, compared to just 8% of girls. Overall, the research, from social research body ScotCen’s Growing

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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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Putting the Tech in Teaching

Students at Inverness College UHI are benefiting from exciting new technology-based teaching methods after a group of lecturers completed a unique qualification designed by the Centre for Engineering and Technology Skills (CETS). The Inverness College UHI-based Centre developed the Professional Development Award (PDA) in e-Learning to raise awareness of new technology

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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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