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EveningTimes Online
Proposed pay deal for teachers edges closerTHE threat of industrial action over pay in Scottish schools appears to have re
Proposed pay deal for teachers edges closer
EveningTimes Online / Posted 41 minutes ago
THE threat of industrial action over pay in Scottish schools appears to have receded after a new deal between teachers’ leaders and councils. The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union had threatened strikes earlier this year after... Read more
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heraldscotland
Scotland must give sanctuary to at least 1000 refugeesIt has fuelled demands for Britain to play a greater role in tackling the crisi
Scotland must give sanctuary to at least 1000 refugees
heraldscotland / Posted 7 hours ago
It has fuelled demands for Britain to play a greater role in tackling the crisis. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Sturgeon called on the Government to reconsider its response and join the co-ordinated EU-wide effort to accommodate people. She... Read more
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heraldscotland
Proposed pay deal for teachers edges closerHowever, the EIS rejected the offer arguing the commitment on teacher numbers w
Proposed pay deal for teachers edges closer
heraldscotland / Posted 7 hours ago
However, the EIS rejected the offer arguing the commitment on teacher numbers was only for one year and that there was no commitment to restore cuts to pay for supply staff - which has led to shortages. The new offer from council umbrella body Cosla... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
National literacy and numeracy tests for all Scottish pupilsALL Scottish pupils will sit new standardised national tests in literacy and nu
National literacy and numeracy tests for all Scottish pupils
EveningTimes Online / Posted 2 days ago
ALL Scottish pupils will sit new standardised national tests in literacy and numeracy by 2017, the First Minister has announced. Nicola Sturgeon said primary pupils would be tested three times - when they start school, after four years and before... Read more
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heraldscotland
National literacy and numeracy tests for all pupilsThe First Minister said the test results would be published annually to show wh
National literacy and numeracy tests for all pupils
heraldscotland / Posted 2 days ago
The First Minister said the test results would be published annually to show where the system needed to improve, raising the possibility of unpopular league tables. Schools will also be tasked with making year on year improvements leading to... Read more
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heraldscotland
Dozens of further crimes by serious offenders reported to inspectorsThe figures cover an 18 month period from June 2013 to January 2015, and 80 of
Dozens of further crimes by serious offenders reported to inspectors
heraldscotland / Posted 3 days ago
The figures cover an 18 month period from June 2013 to January 2015, and 80 of the 111 incidents resulted in serious case reviews. They include cases in which those supposed to be under supervision in the community carried out sexual offences,... Read more
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Scotsman
Public services ‘kept in dark’ as SNP delays budget John Swinney will wait for UK spending plans to be revealed. Picture: Steven S
Public services ‘kept in dark’ as SNP delays budget
Scotsman / Posted 4 days ago
John Swinney will wait for UK spending plans to be revealed. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor JOHN Swinney’s plan to delay publication of the Scottish Budget will leave public services in the dark over... Read more
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Scotsman
Confidence in Scots schools falling among parents Satisfaction with local schools is lowest in the more affluent areas, the surv
Confidence in Scots schools falling among parents
Scotsman / Posted 8 days ago
Satisfaction with local schools is lowest in the more affluent areas, the survey found. Picture: Getty SATISFACTION levels with local schools among Scottish parents has been falling steadily in... Read more
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Scotsman
Council tax ‘could be scrapped’ under new plans Reform Scotland is calling for a revamp in the way local government is finance
Council tax ‘could be scrapped’ under new plans
Scotsman / Posted 10 days ago
Reform Scotland is calling for a revamp in the way local government is financed. Picture: Esme Allen NEW plans have been unveiled by a public policy thinktank which could hand authorities the power to... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
Radical plans unveiled to give Scottish local authorities the power to scrap council taxRADICAL plans have been unveiled which would give local authorities the power t
Radical plans unveiled to give Scottish local authorities the power to scrap council tax
EveningTimes Online / Posted 11 days ago
RADICAL plans have been unveiled which would give local authorities the power to scrap council tax and business rates and replace them with a range of other levies. Our sister newspaper the Herald reports Reform Scotland is calling for an overhaul... Read more
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heraldscotland
Calls to allow Scottish local authorities to scrap council taxThe think tank said councils currently had had no real control over their own t
Calls to allow Scottish local authorities to scrap council tax
heraldscotland / Posted 11 days ago
The think tank said councils currently had had no real control over their own tax income for the past eight years and needed local fiscal freedom to deliver core services under mounting financial pressures. Citing the OECD, it said countries of a... Read more
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heraldscotland
Council tax 'unfair' but opinion split on possible replacementUnder a land value tax, a levy would be calculated as a proportion of the value
Council tax 'unfair' but opinion split on possible replacement
heraldscotland / Posted 14 days ago
Under a land value tax, a levy would be calculated as a proportion of the value of land, with no account taken of what is built on it. Advocates say it would boost productivity by providing an incentive to put land to good use and be impossible to... Read more
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heraldscotland
Teacher cuts leading to "lost generation" of vulnerable pupilsThe decline comes at a time when the number of pupils identified with issues su
Teacher cuts leading to "lost generation" of vulnerable pupils
heraldscotland / Posted 14 days ago
The decline comes at a time when the number of pupils identified with issues such as dyslexia, autism and emotional and social difficulties is rising. However, the Scottish Government argued that pupils are now supported by a much wider range of... Read more
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heraldscotland
Pupils get 'two years less' teaching time depending on council areaAberdeenshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council offer the most teaching t
Pupils get 'two years less' teaching time depending on council area
heraldscotland / Posted 22 days ago
Aberdeenshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council offer the most teaching time in Scotland, with 1,000 hours per year in primary school and 1,100 hours per year in secondary school. By contrast, Moray offers the least primary school time, at 851... Read more
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Scotsman
Pupils miss two years’ lessons in postcode lottery Research found there was 245 hours difference in the number of hours secondary
Pupils miss two years’ lessons in postcode lottery
Scotsman / Posted 22 days ago
Research found there was 245 hours difference in the number of hours secondary pupils spent at school depending on where they lived. Picture: John Devlin PUPILS in parts of Scotland are effectively... Read more
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Scotsman
Bill Jamieson: Statistics are affecting devolution It was soon after the Great Depression when the basic framework used by the ON
Bill Jamieson: Statistics are affecting devolution
Scotsman / Posted 29 days ago
It was soon after the Great Depression when the basic framework used by the ONS was developed. Picture: Getty Images CRITICISM of the way official figures are compiled affects the debate on further... Read more
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heraldscotland
Council tax freeze saves average families £1,200, but warnings that rich benefit more than poorThe data shows that owners of a band D property, which represents the middle of
Council tax freeze saves average families £1,200, but warnings that rich benefit more than poor
heraldscotland / Posted 1 months ago
The data shows that owners of a band D property, which represents the middle of the scale in terms of value, will have saved between £1,038 and £1,392 by 2016, depending on where they live. They biggest savings come in Dundee City, with the lowest in... Read more

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