Scotland's education watchdog has been accused of allowing inequity to be "hardwired into the system" following revelations that a paid-for consultancy service is dominated by private schools.
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.
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.
Scottish Government officials contacted organisations after they had submitted written evidence but before they gave oral evidence on the Named Person Bill to a Holyrood committee.
Documents obtained by The Ferret about the Scottish Government's standardised testing policy reveal a range of potential risks including data losses, invalid results and a potential boycott by teachers.
Members of a Government advisory group have enjoyed five-star luxury at an exclusive Edinburgh hotel.
The Ferret can reveal close links between the SNP and controversial private firms who are likely to bid for contracts.