Education News Team

Education News Team

Written 24 posts

Universities urged to do more to support the poorest students

23rd January 2018

Student outcomes inequality highlighted in latest Fair Access Commissioner paper. Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged the university sector to do more to support students from the most deprived backgrounds throughout their studies. It comes as the latest discussion paper from the Commissioner for Fair Access shows the extent of the gap in retention…

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Developing the digital skills to change career

22nd January 2018

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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Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard

31st December 2017

Emma Hunter, aged 20, from Dundee, is a Digital Modern Apprentice working with the Year of Young People 2018 team. On the eve of the new year, Emma writes about her hopes and ambitions for 2018. AS a young person growing up in today’s political climate I feel that anything put in place to help…

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Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research 2016

12th December 2017

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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Celebrating Book Week Scotland

29th November 2017

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

 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

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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Regional Improvement Leads appointed

2nd November 2017

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

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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Gender balance in STEM

26th January 2017

Today the Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, led a roundtable discussion with Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sheila Rowan, about gender inequality in STEM fields. They were joined at the Scottish Parliament by representatives from across the sector to discuss actions to tackle the issue as part of the ongoing STEM consultation but…

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