Education

  • Contact details for all social care departments in Scotland

    14th May 2020 by

    We all have a role to play in keeping Scotland’s children safe from abuse and neglect during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you have any concerns that a child may be at risk of harm please contact your local social work department. If you think a child is in immediate danger please call Police Scotland on...

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  • Ensuring Scotland’s universities remain at the heart of Covid-19 recovery

    11th May 2020 by

    Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Scotland’s universities and their research are considered to be among the very best in the world. Indeed for centuries, they have been acclaimed for genuinely ground-breaking discoveries across a raft of key areas, from medicine to engineering, economics to science, the environment, business and industry....

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  • Five years on with the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC) funding and what has changed?

    24th February 2020 by

    Guest Blog from Carrie Lindsay, ADES President                                      The introduction of funding that allowed a focus for investment on targeting the poverty-related attainment gap was a very welcome addition for Scottish education authorities. The three types of funding;...

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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...

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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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