Education

  • Anti-Bullying Week 2018

    16th November 2018 by

    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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  • Student support investment at an all-time high

    30th October 2018 by

    More higher education students than ever before are receiving financial assistance from the Scottish Government, including through the Care Experienced Bursary. Statistics out today (30 October) show 147,920 full-time students received support in 2017/18, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year. Of this group, 53,620 students received a grant or bursary, up 2.8% on...

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  • Do not underestimate the impact of Brexit on research and innovation, warns Lochhead

    23rd October 2018 by

    Scotland’s Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead has warned that the impact of Brexit on research and innovation in Scotland cannot be underestimated. He was speaking following publication of a letter to Theresa May and Jean-Claude-Juncker signed by 29 Nobel Laureates, highlighting concerns about freedom of movement and funding. Mr Lochhead said: “This is a shocking...

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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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  • Letter to Primary 1 parents

    28th August 2018 by

    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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  • Developing the digital skills to change career

    22nd January 2018 by

    Last week Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley-Anne Somerville visited CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy. Claire Smith, a graduate of CodeClan’s 16-week software development course, writes about her experiences as a career changer moving into the digital sector. “After University I was lucky enough to get work in an...

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  • Family visitor centre opened at HMP Low Moss

    6th December 2017 by

    Yesterday, I opened the new family visitor centre in HMP Low Moss in Bishopbriggs. It is the fourth new centre to have opened at a prison in Scotland this year and will allow the children and families of those in custody an opportunity to relax and play before visiting their loved ones, as well as...

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  • Celebrating Book Week Scotland

    29th November 2017 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Forthview Primary School in Edinburgh today to celebrate Book Week Scotland and the delivery of this year’s Read, Write, Count bags to Primary 2 and 3 pupils across Scotland. The Read, Write, Count initiative gives practical support to parents and carers to help them get involved in their child’s...

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  • Quality Improvement Awards 2017

    21st November 2017 by

     National award ceremony celebrates quality improvement initiatives. Nine individuals and organisations have been recognised for their work to improve services for babies, children, young people and families at the Quality Improvements Awards 2017. The awards are designed to celebrate innovative quality improvement work that is strengthening support and services for families across Scotland, helping ensure...

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