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Bridport Prize Anthology

20 October 2018 Highly commended poem: Reversal



This year every new teacher in Scotland is receiving a special gift to help them on their way – a pocket-sized anthology of poetry, edited and produced just for them. Sam Phipps looks at the thinking.


Scotland’s capital spends £6,252 per secondary pupil against a Scottish average of £6,806 – and satisfaction levels are also low


A new parental involvement action plan hopes to better involve families in school life. Sam Phipps talks to the National Parent Forum of Scotland about its priorities for education


Teenagers are increasingly getting addicted to internet pornography, with dire effects in and out of the classroom. An Edinburgh-based charity is tackling the issue with pilot lessons in four secondaries. Sam Phipps explains


The prospect of fast-tracked Teach First graduates being used to tackle recruitment problems has stirred debate across Scottish education. Sam Phipps explains.


With evidence of the extent of homophobia in Scotland’s schools and the lack of LGBT education, ministers are being urged to take action.


A lack of information for parents about the subjects that universities prefer is leading to an ‘accidental cultural bias’ against poorer students, it is claimed. Sam Phipps reports.


In the midst of a decline in foreign language learning in Scotland, some schools are inspiring young people to buck the trend. Sam Phipps finds out how.

Nutmeg magazine

Danny Jardine is only 21 but football has already taken him to Nice, Monaco and… Stirling Albion. He explains what it’s like coming on as sub for Killian Mbappé.

Issue 12 of Nutmeg


A poem about the irresistible pull of a footballing routine.
Issue 9 of Nutmeg (subscription only).


Thirty years after I saw him play his last game for Chelsea, I caught up with the Stamford Bridge legend in an Edinburgh cafe. He had some terrific stories to tell. Issue 8 of Nutmeg.

Colin Curtis, who has died aged 86, played a key role in the design and development of the Routemaster, the innovative bus that served Londoners with style and reliability for more than half a century.



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Cycle the canal towpaths between Edinburgh and Glasgow and enjoy an adventure in hinterland, writes Sam Phipps.



The age of the page
"Aberdeen University's unique Centre for the Novel opens on Thursday. Sam Phipps discovers how the novel has grown into our culture's dominant literary art form."

For auld lang syne, my dears
"A new children's book range shows it's okay to speak Scots, as Sam Phipps discovers."

Four characters illustrate how to deal with Northern Ireland's past

Reasoned campaigner

A living history lesson
"Sam Phipps meets the forgotten Highlander who ensures children remember the past."


The Scotsman

Could this man's energy plans halt the meltdown? 
"David King, the controversial former chief scientific adviser, is still making waves with his support for nuclear power as an answer to slowing climate change, writes Sam Phipps."

Do not disturb: Bonnie Campers campervans
"BONNIE and Clyde are a pair of retro charmers holed up in Edinburgh. Like their legendary namesakes, or at least the Faye Dunaway/Warren Beattie screen versions, they ooze style and character and are sometimes a touch hard to handle."


The Red Bus

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