With demand outstripping supply for STEM professionals, Scotland will suffer if more young women are not engaged with these subjects.
Rigorous they may be, but the new style of exam still leaves students with gaps in their learning skills.
Research shows that for children, the most important aspect of school life are the relationships they build with their friends and teachers.
The future of education is in the clouds.
New guidance urging schools to stop making pupils conform to gender stereotypes is a step in the right direction.
But holiday clubs can help.