East Renfrewshire schools postpone new curriculum exams
MP calls for broadband parity in Renfrewshire
East Renfrewshire Council also plans to continue with the traditional exam timetable, putting pupils forward for eight exams in their fourth year of secondary school and five exams in fifth year. Preparation for the exams begins several years in advance. Significant setback Sticking to this traditional timetable runs counter to the new Scottish government policy of making the first three years of secondary education free of preparation for exams and also against a new policy of encouraging more pupils to take two years to prepare for Highers.
The council says it is taking into account that universities have not given any firm indication as yet that they will stop giving priority to those who sit Highers in one sitting in fifth year after a one-year course. And it says the decision to delay introduction of the new exams and stick with traditional exam timetable follows extensive consultation with headteachers and teachers. In a statement, the council said: It doesn t in any way diminish our commitment to the transition to the curriculum for excellence and that should be highlighted by the early work we have already carried out in moving to national qualifications for all pupils and the 33-period week.
A source in another education authority said: This is a significant setback for the new curriculum and I would imagine a number of other local authorities will follow the lead taken by East Renfrewshire. Education Secretary Michael Russell said: I am aware of the currently unique circumstances of East Renfrewshire where pupils take Intermediate not Standard qualifications. In line with plans for implementation of new qualifications under CfE, Standard qualifications will be replaced after 2013 and Intermediates will end a year later for all learners currently in S2 or below.
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Carole Noble, head of environmental services for Keep Scotland Beautiful, told The Extra:This is great news for Glasgow and East Renfrewshire, with the parks rightly being awarded for their quality and for the fun and tranquillity they offer to residents and visitors alike. Were very proud of the councils, the park managers, and particularly of the local volunteers who work all year round in rain or shine to make these parks popular with young and old, resident and visitors. East Renfrewshire councils environment convener, councillor Vincent Waters, added: There has been a lot going on in Rouken Glen Park over the past few months with the refurbishment on the visitors centre well underway as well as the opening of the Boathouse Cafe.
The recent excellent weather has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the west of Scotland and beyond, to enjoy the parks many attractions including its wide open spaces, walled garden, skateboard park, boating pond and waterfall. Back in Glasgow, Linn Park is set to fly the flag for the very first time. Councillor Alistair Watson, executive member for land and environmental services at Glasgow city council, said: We are pleased that eight of Glasgows best loved parks have been recognised and rewarded with the Green Flags.
Southside sets the standard for parklife
Residents of a village in Renfrewshire are being asked to sign a petition calling for faster broadband speeds. According to Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, internet connections in Howwood are much slower than those in neighbouring communities. Indeed, he said people living just just a mile up the road are currently able to enjoy super-fast broadband.
Mr Alexander has therefore called on local residents to back his campaign to improve internet speeds in Howwood and make it clear how this problem is affecting them . Speaking to the Paisley Daily Express, he commented: Howwood residents and businesses are being left behind, simply because of where they live . BT believes the problem has arisen because Howwood is more than 5km away from the nearest exchange at Kilbarchan.
A spokesman stated that broadband signal strength diminishes the further you get from an exchange , pointing out that this is behind the problem in the Renfrewshire village.
- ^ East Renfrewshire schools postpone new curriculum exams (www.bbc.co.uk)
- ^ Southside sets the standard for parklife (www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk)
- ^ MP calls for broadband parity in Renfrewshire (www.cable.co.uk)