• Developing the Young Workforce wins silver Future Policy Award

    16th October 2019 by

    Developing the Young Workforce wins Future Policy Award 2019

    Developing the Young Workforce has been recognised with an international policy award. On Friday 11 October 2019, the World Future Council revealed that Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) was among the policies selected to receive a silver award in what it dubs ‘the Oscar for best policies’ for empowering youth at a ceremony in Geneva...

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  • Listening and acting to tackle the climate crisis together – Climate Week 2019

    9th October 2019 by

    DFM John Swinney hears from Firrhill pupils about the sustainable learning, including growing plants, during Climate Week 2019

    Climate Week 2019 brings into focus the defining challenge of our times – tackling the global climate emergency – with conversations taking place across Scotland on the role we all have to play. Listening is vital to productive conversation, and as a government we have been listening to the growing number of voices from the...

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  • Two top physics students presented with Higgs Prize

    4th October 2019 by

    l-r Higgs Prize 2018 winners Jane Ambler and Agnijo Banerjee at CERN

    Agnijo Banerjee and Jane Ambler were awarded the 2018 Higgs Prize for achieving the top scores in the 2018 Advanced Higher physics exam. The prize is named after Edinburgh-based Nobel prize winner Professor Peter Higgs CH, whose work has advanced our understanding of how the particles that make up the world around us are held...

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  • Results Day – finding support and celebrating success

    5th August 2019 by

    Don't Panic! Find Results Day support & advice adn inspiration for yoru learner journey via our blog

    Over the past few weeks, we have been celebrating the broad successes of young people in the Senior Phase, from S4-S6, on social media. The range of awards, qualifications and progression routes at all Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels available from S4-S6 is vast, coupled with the opportunity to experience learning opportunities through...

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  • Celebrating all learner journeys – #MyLearnerJourney

    22nd July 2019 by

    join us in celebrating all forms of learner success in the run up to SQA Results Day on 6 August #MyLearnerJourney

    A young person’s experience at school can help them discover what they are passionate about so they can find a pathway to a career in which they can flourish. Curriculum for Excellence is designed to help young people become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. But that doesn’t mean the same thing...

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  • Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

    10th July 2019 by

    For the tens of thousands of final year students who have recently graduated across Scotland, it’s been a special time. I remember it well. Twenty-five years ago I was celebrating with friends and family at my graduation from the University of Stirling and can vividly recall the mixture of relief, pride, excitement and a little...

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  • Third annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people

    19th June 2019 by

    In one of the highlights of the Cabinet calendar, I had the pleasure of meeting once more with 14 exceptional children and young people – seven Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and seven Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) – at our third annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people in March....

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  • Celebrating ten years of the National Parent Forum of Scotland

    13th June 2019 by

    Last night the National Parent Forum of Scotland celebrated their ten year anniversary with a parliamentary reception. Among the attendees was Deputy First Minister John Swinney who congratulated NPFS on their outstanding contribution to Scottish education. Waiting for our guests! #NPFSis10 — National Parent Forum of Scotland (@parentforumscot) June 12, 2019 To mark ten...

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  • Being a mum is the best job in the world

    31st March 2019 by

    Mums are famous for their catchphrases – some days we find ourselves saying the same thing again and again! My own mum is a native Gaelic speaker, and although I don’t have Gaelic myself, when I had children, I rediscovered my ‘mother tongue’. All of the commands and endearments, which mums say a million times...

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  • International Summit of the Teaching Profession

    15th March 2019 by

    Today the Scottish Government and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have agreed three commitments of joint working for the year ahead as part of this year’s International Summit of the Teaching Profession (ISTP) held in Helsinki. Commenting on the three joint agreements to improve Scottish education Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The International...

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