Engage for Education

  • Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research 2016

    12th December 2017 by

    The majority of pupils are well behaved and a credit to their school, according to teachers across Scotland. Behaviour In Scottish Schools Research (BISSR) 2016 is based on feedback from school staff and provides a picture of behaviour and behaviour management approaches in publicly funded mainstream schools.  The research shows:  The vast majority of staff...

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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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  • First meeting of new Scottish Education Council

    24th November 2017 by

    Today I chaired the first ever Scottish Education Council, a new body established to the oversee the work we are doing to improve education in Scotland.

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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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  • Making a difference through Quality Improvement

    21st November 2017 by

    Today over 700 practitioners representing the early years, health, education, police, social work and third sector services will gather in Glasgow to discuss how to make Scotland the #BestPlacetoGrowUp. They will be joined by the Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years...

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  • Respect for All anti-bullying guidance launches

    15th November 2017 by

    Anti-Bullying Week provides us with the opportunity to send a clear and positive message that bullying of any kind, whether it takes place face to face or online, is totally unacceptable and when it happens, we all have a responsibility to address it. Today we are launching our refreshed anti-bullying guidance for everyone who works...

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  • Regional Improvement Leads appointed

    2nd November 2017 by

    Schools across Scotland will be able to draw on a range of expertise through six newly established Regional Improvement Collaboratives. Each one will be led by a Regional Improvement Lead and will work with schools, using all available evidence, to provide targeted advice and support to drive improvement. The leads have been appointed by agreement...

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  • Record student support

    31st October 2017 by

    New statistics show 143,110 students received support from the Scottish Government in 2016-17, up from 141,000 the previous year.

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  • Children and Young People’s Cabinet Meeting

    10th March 2017 by

    Last week I chaired our first annual meeting of Cabinet Ministers with children and young people at Bute House. Four Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and ten Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) spoke to us about the issues that are important to children and young people in Scotland today. The children and...

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