Engage for Education

  • Developing the digital skills to change career

    22nd January 2018 by

    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 by

    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 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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