Education

  • 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...

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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 pic.twitter.com/Vw7LiEsWeu — 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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  • Update on progress in education

    6th February 2019 by

    International Council of Education Advisers sixth meeting underway. Progress on improving collaboration between schools and updating Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) will be on the agenda during the sixth meeting of the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA).   The ICEA previously identified CfE as a key strength of the Scottish education system – calling it ‘the...

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  • Children and Young People’s Voices Matter!

    4th February 2019 by

    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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  • Month in review – further education, higher education and science

    1st February 2019 by

    Round up including welcome further and higher education statistics, a report on the science landscape in Scotland and steps to improve student mental health.

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  • Update on financial redress

    1st February 2019 by

    The Scottish Government has updated the Education & Skills Committee on progress to establish a financial redress scheme for survivors of abuse in care in Scotland from 2021, and an advance payment scheme for survivors who are elderly or ill from this April.  Commenting following the Budget Bill passing Stage 1, Deputy First Minister John...

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  • Adoption Week Scotland 2018

    23rd November 2018 by

    The Scottish Governmant aims for Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up and having a loving and secure environment. Adoption plays a huge part in achieving this goals. This week we celebrate the Adoption Week Scotland 2018 and welcome the guest blog post written by Fiona Aitken, Director of Adoption UK...

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