Some parent-teacher associations raise huge amounts for school funds. Is it fair?
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:42
The class of eight-year-olds at Low Port school in Linlithgow are engrossed in the shapes on their interactive computer screen. They are touching frames to colour different fractions. This is a maths lesson, but it could be a game. The children at Low Port start using Smart Boards in primary one and continue throughout their time at the school. "The
internet is your oyster, explains Liz Greig, a teacher in primary 4. "I can go on to Google and get a map, say, and display it for the class. When we are reading, they can all follow the text on the screen. It's much easier to keep them focused."
The school spent several hundred pounds on these popular maths games last year and the pupil council is pushing for more. Where does the money come from? "We approach the trust fund," explains the principal teacher, Anne Cook.
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Kids' plans 'blocked' by private finance
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:15
Ask pupils to propose changes to the design of their school and the response from some might be to ask for a quicker route to the exit. But in fact the kind of suggestions pupils come up with are often far more constructive - and unexpected. Synthetic grass, more pegs for coats and bags and even a soil-less garden are among ideas received by architects working with Scottish schoolchildren.
Pupils should be consulted over new school building design, claims the government. But a leading ecological architect warns that this risks being little more than a box-ticking exercise under the current system of public private partnership (PPP).
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