The Scottish education system is to become the first in the world where primary and secondary schools are required in the curriculum to promote LGBT identity and lifestyles. Every state school will have to “embed” lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex “equality and inclusion” within “all levels of the curriculum from early years to senior phase” after the Scottish Government accepted in full the recommendations of a working group headed by LGBT activists.The move, which was backed by all parties, will see pupils taught about LGBT political history, movements, terminology, and identities as well as “LGBTI literature and lives” and topics on “addressing prejudice and homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying”. According to the report from the working group, which was led by Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), schools will also be required to include representations of sexual minorities “in ways which seek … [Read more...] about ‘World First’ – Scottish Schools to Have ‘LGBT Equality’ Embedded in Curriculum
A police officer has spoken of his fear as he raced to tackle a knife-wielding thug who tried to set fire to the Scottish Parliament. Detective Constable Glynn Powell disarmed Piotr Swiatek after he poured fuel on wooden posts and was armed with a large knife.Speaking to the Daily Record, the police officer said he could have been stabbed to death as he confronted Swiatek but managed to successfully pin him down.The incident took place on March 24 just two days after the first anniversary of the Westminster terror attack when PC Keith Palmer, 48, was knifed by Khalid Masood after he mowed down and killed four people.The 49-year-old officer said he thought about Keith after the Holyrood incident, adding: “That situation could have happened again.”Speaking on the incident, Powell said he first saw Swiatek “crouching next to wooden poles, up against the building”, adding: “He put an unknown substance over the window and the wood and he had something in his … [Read more...] about Hero cop ‘feared for his life’ as he tackled man intent on ‘torching Scottish Parliament’
0 Have your say The Scottish Independence Convention (The SIC) has hit the halfway figure in its attempts to raise £180,000 to pay for a new push for the Yes movement. The group has hit halfway after just four weeks of fundraising, through crowdfunding and a number of substantial donations. According to reports in The National, the SIC are set to recruit staff next month, with an announcement expected for around St Andrew’s Day with more fund raising expected in a bid to get closed to the £180,000 target.As part of the new plan to launch a campaign, The SIC has said it is “well into the process” of creating an identity for the new organisation whose aim will be to assist the Yes movement with such matters as communications and training.READ MORE: Scottish independence fundraising campaign to “ensure” majority for Yes voteA number of interviews have been carried out with Yes groups and members of the public to try and … [Read more...] about Scottish Independence Convention fund raises £90k after crowdfunding campaign
0 Have your say A leading headteacher has claimed the schools system risks falling apart as a result of micro-management and intense scrutiny by the Scottish Government. Rod Grant of fee-paying Clifton Hall School says teachers are operating in an environment of mistrust, which he compared to “management on behalf of Big Brother”.His criticisms were posted on the school’s Facebook page and come at a time when the Scottish Government is under pressure over its handling of education.Last week it emerged that more than 100 teachers have taken up an invitation to write to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressing their concern over Scotland’s education system.Other anonymous teachers have raised issues such as difficulties dealing with violent children, who require additional support, stifling levels of bureaucracy, poor pay and conditions and increasing pressure to rewrite reports and change attainment level indicators upwards against their … [Read more...] about Head teacher canes ‘Big Brother’ bureaucracy in Scottish schools
0 Have your say Scottish primary and secondary pupils are to become the first in the world to be taught in a schools’ system that has LGBTI education embedded in the curriculum. The move was warmly welcomed by politicians and gay rights campaigners, but there was concern from religious groups that families who were not committed to “radical LGBT politics” would feel isolated.Do you think LGBTI education should be embedded in the curriculum in Scottish schools?READ MORE - Leader comment: Billy Connolly is right about Scottish sectarianism - leader comment Kenny Gibson becomes latest SNP figure to speak out against the People's Vote … [Read more...] about Poll: should LGBTI education be embedded in Scottish school curriculum?