Education

  • 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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  • 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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