Cracking cocaine

Most of the pupils at Girvan academy are smartly dressed in school uniform, shirts and ties, and it seems an unlikely place to find juvenile cocaine experts.

But this school in Ayrshire has piloted an anti-drugs programme on cocaine that is to be rolled out across Scotland. Pupils have worked with the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and Learning Teaching Scotland (LTS), the government-funded body that develops the curriculum, to come up with a programme that focuses not on the health risks of cocaine use but on its environmental and social damage.

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Mechanical enginering at Dundee

From the Guardian University Guide

The University of Dundee has motored up the mechanical engineering tables, coming from outside the top 20 last year to third place.

This is the first year that students have built a formula student racing car to race in a university competition at Silverstone - a project that the department head, Robert Keatch, says they are hugely enjoying and which is helping their team-working skills.

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Kitchen Nightmare on Lismore

Education Guardian

What children put into their mouths at lunchtime has become one of the touchstone political issues of our age and a money-saving plan by Argyll council in Scotland to shut six Hebridean island school kitchens was recently shot down by parental anger.

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Does classroom size really matter, Mr Clegg?

Guardian Education blog.

The Lib Dem leader's policy pledge to reduce early years class sizes may seem like common sense – until we realise how impracticable it is.

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