John Swinney MSP

John Swinney MSP

Written 15 posts

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

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

9th October 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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Celebrating all learner journeys – #MyLearnerJourney

22nd July 2019

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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Third annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people

19th June 2019

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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Children and Young People’s Voices Matter!

4th February 2019

Human rights, relationships, equality, period poverty and Brexit were issues that were raised at the last children and young people’s Cabinet meeting in 2018 as the most important for their generation. I met with 14 inspirational individuals – seven Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and seven Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) –…

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney reflects on his week in India

3rd December 2018

I have just completed my second visit to India, and have been struck once again by the warmth of the welcome, and by the size of the opportunity for our two nations to collaborate. While there, I saw a great deal of existing cooperation – in business, education, culture, social enterprise and water to name…

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Anti-Bullying Week 2018

16th November 2018

Anti-Bullying Week provides us with the opportunity to send a clear and positive message that bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable and when it happens, we all have a responsibility to address it.   Building on the success of last year’s campaign this year’s theme is #ChooseRespect. And because action to address bullying is…

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Letter to Primary 1 parents

28th August 2018

There has been some positive debate in recent weeks on the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA), particularly for primary 1 children. I would like to explain what the assessments are for, and importantly what they are not.  Like you and everyone at your school,  I want your child to get the best start in life…

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Results day

7th August 2018

For more than 135,000 young people and their families today is the most anticipated day of the summer as they receive their SQA results. I had the opportunity to meet just a few of them during a visit to Firrhill High School in Edinburgh this morning and again at a special SQA celebration for care…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

26th March 2018

Today Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, will host an event  bringing together Government Ministers and key stakeholders with an interest in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). More than 80 experts working across Scotland in all of the main sectors affected by ACEs will take part in discussions aimed at understanding…

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One year on – what’s happened since the first annual Cabinet meeting with children & young people?

15th February 2018

I am delighted to publish our progress report on the actions agreed at our first annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people, which took place on 28 February 2017 at Bute House. Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth Parliament attended this meeting and raised issues that were important to them. A short…

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