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Views sought on proposed Scottish smacking ban

Image copyright Getty Images A proposed Scottish ban on the physical punishment of children is being put out to consultation. A committee of MSPs is asking for the public’s views on whether smacking children should become illegal. The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill has been introduced by Green ...

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Teachers’ pay offer letter ‘misleading’

Image copyright PA Image caption Thousands of people took part in a march in Glasgow calling for a 10% pay rise for teachers A letter sent to teachers explaining their pay offer has been condemned by Scotland’s largest teaching union. The EIS described the communication from the Scottish government and ...

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Teacher sexually assaulted colleague, panel hears

Image copyright Google Image caption Helen Evans worked at Llanishen Fach school A primary teacher sexually assaulted a colleague and called senior staff “dumb and dumber”, a hearing has been told. Helen Evans ripped open the shirt of a male teacher and grabbed his testicles, heard the Education Workforce Council ...

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Stranger Danger: Still the right message for children?

Image caption Say No to Strangers (1981) – a film produced by the Home Office and shown across the UK Many parents remember the “Stranger Danger” message given to children during the 1970s and 80s. Government videos warned children not to talk to people they didn’t know. But a new ...

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Parents asked to pay for books and to attend events

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The survey quizzed 1,500 parents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland The average monthly voluntary donation parents are making to school funds rose by £2.45 over the past year from £8.90 to £11.35, a survey suggests. The charity Parentkind found parents being asked to ...

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