Education

  • Deputy First Minister John Swinney reflects on his week in India

    3rd December 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister attended St Andrews Day celebrations in Delhi and Bangalore

    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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  • Guest blog: “Having our say was very important, especially in the Year of Young People” -George Wyeth

    28th November 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney with Musselburgh Grammar School pupil George Wyeth in front of the school's insignia and motto of honesty, determination, respect

    George Wyeth is Grange House Captain, Pupil Council member and Sports Ambassador at Musselburgh Grammar School. As part of the team that ran a recent meeting of the Scottish Education Council and contributed agenda items, George’s accounts the experience here. Follow @ScotGovEdu On the 21 November 2018, Musselburgh Grammar School was lucky enough to host...

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  • Response to International Council of Education Advisers recommendations

    21st September 2018 by

    The Scottish Government has accepted a list of far ranging recommendations from the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA) to help empower and strengthen the Scottish education system and ultimately improve attainment. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “We are fortunate to have the advice and guidance of the International Council of Education Advisers. They...

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  • Guest blog from Maths Olympiad Agnijo Banerjee

    18th September 2018 by

    As Maths Week 2018 draws to a close, we welcome a guest blog from Maths Olympiad Agnijo Banerjee. Agnijo won gold at this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania receiving a perfect score of 42 out of 42 in the 2-day/nine hour-long competition, he was one of only two out of 594 contestants to achieve a perfect...

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  • DFM joins Pitlochry pupils for magical maths show

    12th September 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Pitlochry High School today for a special Maths Week Scotland performance by ‘International Mathemagian’ Andrew Jeffrey. A professional magic show with a twist, the show was entirely based around mathematics and learning with tricks using numbers, shapes, money, mind-reading and illusions. "You are all smarter than a calculator" Andrew...

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  • Enigma legacy lives on in codebreaking challenges

    11th September 2018 by

    More than 70 years after Alan Turing and his colleagues cracked the Enigma code, helping to save many millions of lives during World War II, their story remains an inspiration to budding mathematicians around the world. Throughout Maths Week Scotland students in Angus will be given the chance to step into Turing’s famous shoes and...

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  • Numbers add up as Maths Week kicks off with hundreds of events

    10th September 2018 by

    A maths magician, a guitar physicist and a codebreaking team from Bletchley Park are among the highlights of Maths Week Scotland, which starts across the country today. It is #MathsWeekScot 2018 and I am delighted to launch the first of seven daily puzzles I will be tweeting this week. For help, check out the videos...

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  • Results day

    7th August 2018 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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