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  • Deputy First Minister welcomes college support staff deal

    19th October 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney has welcomed the £14 million pay and terms and conditions of service agreement reached with approximately 6,000 support staff in Scotland’s 26 colleges. He said: “I am pleased to hear that college support staff have voted to accept this pay, terms and conditions offer. The deal recognises the important contribution they...

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  • World University Rankings 2019

    26th September 2018 by

    Responding to today’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “We extend our congratulations to the University of Edinburgh on again being the highest placed Scottish university, and to Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews Universities on staying in the Top 200 world university rankings.” “By head of population, Scotland...

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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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  • DFM joins Pitlochry pupils for magical maths show

    12th September 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Pitlochry High School today for a special Maths Week Scotland performance by ‘International Mathemagian’ Andrew Jeffrey. A professional magic show with a twist, the show was entirely based around mathematics and learning with tricks using numbers, shapes, money, mind-reading and illusions. "You are all smarter than a calculator" Andrew...

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  • Higher Education Minister firm on widening access agenda

    12th September 2018 by

    Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead has praised the University of Glasgow for its efforts to attract more students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr Lochhead made the comments after meeting students who have benefited from the university’s widening participation programmes which aim to break down barriers for less affluent potential students.  A record number of students from...

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  • Enigma legacy lives on in codebreaking challenges

    11th September 2018 by

    More than 70 years after Alan Turing and his colleagues cracked the Enigma code, helping to save many millions of lives during World War II, their story remains an inspiration to budding mathematicians around the world. Throughout Maths Week Scotland students in Angus will be given the chance to step into Turing’s famous shoes and...

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  • Numbers add up as Maths Week kicks off with hundreds of events

    10th September 2018 by

    A maths magician, a guitar physicist and a codebreaking team from Bletchley Park are among the highlights of Maths Week Scotland, which starts across the country today. It is #MathsWeekScot 2018 and I am delighted to launch the first of seven daily puzzles I will be tweeting this week. For help, check out the videos...

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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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  • Results day

    7th August 2018 by

    For more than 135,000 young people and their families today is the most anticipated day of the summer as they receive their SQA results. I had the opportunity to meet just a few of them during a visit to Firrhill High School in Edinburgh this morning and again at a special SQA celebration for care...

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