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ARGYLL AND BUTE LOOKS AT FOUR-TERM SCHOOL YEAR

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Argyll and Bute Council's education director, Archie Morton, will today ask fellow members to support plans to intr...
Argyll and Bute Council's education director, Archie Morton, will today ask fellow members to support plans to introduce an academic calendar of four school terms with evening classes for senior pupils.

The Herald (p5) reports that in his 'Vision paper for education', Mr Morton writes: 'There is little doubt that the present academic year is a result of historic accident which no longer has any significant validity.'

Key to the proposals are agreement to a£25m private finance initiative that would see the refurbishment of a number of the authority's 10 secondary and 82 primary schools and their equipping with information and communications technology.

Joe McGeer, head of services within the education department, said the paper had been produced with a view to making the best provision for all of the people in Argyll and Bute with the resources available.

But Dougie Mackie, secretary of the Argyll and Bute branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said he feared the proposals would disrupt family life, would pose a complete change to teachers' working conditions and practices and might offer no educational advantages.
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