Scotland’s leading independent schools were worth £12.3m more in 2021 than they were the previous year, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ferret Fact Service looks into a claim that Scotland has taken in 20 per cent of the Ukrainian refugees who have come to the UK.
Scottish councils have awarded contracts worth more than £1bn to private companies since 2015, The Ferret can reveal.
Scotland’s two largest local government pension funds have nearly half a billion pounds invested in firms which are still doing business in Russia.
The pension fund for Scotland’s MSPs has shares in a Russian bank called Sberbank which has been sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap controversial standardised testing in schools after figures revealed that as few as 52 per cent of pupils completed them.
Secondary school pupils warned the SQA in November 2020 that plans to compare 2021 grades to past results were "unfair" but their input was not acted upon.
The Scottish Government's system for awarding grades to school pupils this year is “a less defensible” version of the algorithm used last summer, says a leading education academic.
Scottish high school pupils have told The Ferret that “shambolic” mismanagement by the SQA has left them facing a “marathon of assessments” without support.