John Swinney MSP

John Swinney MSP

Written 9 posts

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Letter to Primary 1 parents

28th August 2018

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

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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Adverse Childhood Experiences

26th March 2018

Today Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, will host an event  bringing together Government Ministers and key stakeholders with an interest in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). More than 80 experts working across Scotland in all of the main sectors affected by ACEs will take part in discussions aimed at understanding…

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One year on – what’s happened since the first annual Cabinet meeting with children & young people?

15th February 2018

I am delighted to publish our progress report on the actions agreed at our first annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people, which took place on 28 February 2017 at Bute House. Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth Parliament attended this meeting and raised issues that were important to them. A short…

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First meeting of new Scottish Education Council

24th November 2017

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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Respect for All anti-bullying guidance launches

15th November 2017

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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Children and Young People’s Cabinet Meeting

10th March 2017

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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DFM responds to EIS decision to suspend industrial action in schools

30th September 2016

This is welcome news from the EIS and I am delighted that they have confirmed suspending a programme of industrial action in relation to teacher workload. Over the past few months, I have listened carefully to what teachers, parents, young people and others have had to say on workload, and have responded positively with a range…

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Devolution of responsibility to schools

13th September 2016

Today I set out this Government’s vision for the most critically important part of our early years and school education system – our teachers, practitioners and their relationship with our children.

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