• 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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  • Protecting young people’s voices beyond the Year of Young People 2018

    8th January 2019 by

    The lessons learned during the Year of Young People 2018 will be carried forward, Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd has said on reflecting on the year

    Scotland’s young people made their mark in 2018. A world-first project, Year of Young People (YOYP) saw the volume turned up on the voices of young people, creating more opportunities for them to influence policy and get involved. Grilling the First Minister in a special children and young people’s question time, showcasing their sporting talents...

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  • Minister Joins International Students’ Christmas Lunch

    24th December 2018 by

    Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead got into the Christmas spirit at a festive lunch with an international twist. Christmas arrived early at Queen Margaret University as international students came together before heading home to the four corners of the globe. Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead joined the students for the festivities and also met with...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 not...

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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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