Maintaining high standards of education and closing the attainment gap are key concerns for schools, parents, the public and politicians.
In a developed nation, such as the UK, food poverty in this day and age is totally unacceptable. Not only does it weaken wellbeing, damage educational achievement and squander potential, but it is unjustifiable in a modern society and a country with plenty.
Far from being two unrelated news stories, the Tunnock's saga is the other side of the coin to the migrant crisis. At a time when our nations have shown themselves to be less welcoming and more insular than we might have hoped, convinced that we share an identity with each other and willing to demonize and reject those of other nations, we need also to ask what role apparently innocent symbolism, from Tea Cakes to the Bake Off, plays in the construction of this unwelcoming attitude.
As a former member of the Scottish Parliament, I'd be tempted to suggest that the light and airy business-like atmosphere of Holyrood might make a refreshing change in working environment for some of my Westminster opposition.
We know many parents and carers have to juggle work with family commitments. That is one of the reasons why the Scottish Government has expanded free annual early learning and childcare to 600 hours a year for all three and four year olds and some two year olds.
Last year, as a young voter, I voted Yes - for a Scotland where social democracy, opinion and critique was valued. Where political engagement was encouraged. I looked beyond the SNP, and I saw opportunity in independence. Now, I'm left asking myself: is this really the kind of Scotland that I wanted to see?
What is remarkable is the number of divorce cases which get started after Christmas - for whatever reason, early January is the time when lots of people decide to get started down the path they've probably been considering for a long time.
On this shore a man was walking his dog beside the beach, and as the tide receded dozens upon dozens of waders appeared and seemed to flow with the water over the wet sand as they foraged for food. After several hours in the car, it was calming to sit and be soothed by the sheer vastness of the water and the sky, and the serenity of the scene.
This weekend, I attended my first political conference. Like many other young people across Scotland, my engagement with active politics began throughout the 2014 referendum - the energy, vibrancy and diversity that the campaign created was infectious; and it left a lot of us with a drive to effect real change through direct activism and participation.
The SNP is not Scotland - this is a fact which is often forgotten recently when talking about Scottish politics. The SNP does not represent the views of every one of the 5 million residents living on the northern side of the famous Hadrian's Wall.
The Labour Party has a leader in place who was democratically elected only a few months back with a massive majority. But there has been no honeymoon period for Jeremy Corbyn and he has faced pressure from inside and outside the Party from day one. But the question is who would want to challenge Corbyn and lead the Party in any case?
Some of the arguments we heard from Tory peers against extending the franchise for the EU referendum last night were truly absurd and were the sort of patronising arguments and attitudes that would not have sounded out of place in the House of Lords a hundred years ago in debates about giving women the right to vote.
I implore the people of the UK to unite in solidarity with the Muslim community and not let the racists and terrorists divide us. In the meantime, to the Muslim community, please accept my apologies. I am sorry.
Some colleagues passed judgment on its 'violent reputation,' but many spoke of a booming trendsetter, bursting with style and culture. Naturally, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And I can certainly say I wasn't disappointed.
We need a system that is ready to meet the demands of caring for, and keeping our children and young people safe in the 21st Century. A system that recognises everyone's responsibility to protect children.
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