Children in poorer parts of Scotland have nearly 10 per cent fewer choices of subjects in secondary school than those in better-off areas, new research has found.
Parents in parts of Scotland face bills of up to £3,000 because councils are refusing nursery funding for children who postpone starting primary school.
Tens of thousands of high school students in parts of Scotland are charged between £5 and £125 for home economics, art and other practical classes - while thousands more are charged nothing.
The Scottish Government has been urged to act over the use of multi-level teaching in schools after an investigation by The Ferret revealed that the practice is widespread across Scotland.
The Scottish Government is failing to meet targets to boost the number of affordable homes for rural and island communities, according to documents obtained by The Ferret.
The Scottish Government is facing fresh calls for reform of key qualifications in secondary schools and colleges after analysis of official data highlighted problems with major subjects.
An analysis by The Ferret reveals that little progress has been made in closing the gender gap in schools, with STEM subjects still dominated by male students.
Experts are urging the Scottish Government to take radical steps to boost computing science education to prevent the subject from being squeezed out of schools.
The Scottish Government mistakenly reveals that Nicola Sturgeon refused to meet an Aboriginal nuclear waste protestor to try and avoid political damage – not because she was too busy.