Informed Scotland March 2018 – Cyber resilience & learner journeys

The main item that cut right across the landscape in March was the Scottish Government’s new Learning and Skills Action Plan for Cyber Resilience 2018–20 – a roasting hot topic in anyone’s book. With actions for almost everyone – from early years to community learning & development, business to parents, for schools, colleges and universities, […]

Informed Scotland February 2018 – Creativity & the Year of Young People

February was a quieter month for learning & skills – in case you’re wondering, we haven’t said that since April 2017! A couple of topics in particular seemed to permeate the landscape. The Year of Young People As expected, YOYP2018 is having an impact on activities, and not just at the level of ‘badging’ existing […]

Informed Scotland Dec 17/Jan 18 – Collaborating for improvement & innovation

There used to be a festive-season ‘lull’ in Scottish learning & skills activity. Not any more! As a result, we’ve just published another bumper edition, packed with must-read items. The words collaborate, collaboration and collaborative(s) crop up over 20 times in the latest issue of Informed Scotland. Organisations are working together for improvement, innovation, learning […]

Scotland’s Year of Young People – grasping the opportunity

by Geoff Leask, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland. Continuing our guest blog series featuring Informed Scotland subscribers writing on the theme Making connections across the learning & skills landscape. During a rather routine business meeting, as we headed towards the Christmas break, someone asked me, “What is Young Enterprise Scotland doing for Scotland’s Year of […]

Learning & Skills in Scotland – What’s on the horizon for 2018?

In an interview for Radio EDUtalk, Angela took David Noble’s listeners on a now annual whistle-stop tour of some of the items that will be shaping Scotland’s learning & skills landscape this year. You can listen to a podcast of the show, which also reviewed the Hottest Topics in 2017. Below are links to some […]

Informed Scotland Learning & Skills Hottest Topics 2017

We’re delighted to present the fifth annual list of Learning & Skills ‘Hot Topics’ that made it onto the cover of Informed Scotland over the past year: 1. Digital skills & inclusion (1 in 2016) =2. Teacher education, development, shortages & recruitment (=3) =2. Widening access (=3) 4. Future skills, learning & work (-) =5. […]

Merry Christmas and many thanks!

Time to reflect on another busy year for AJ Enterprises and to say a bunch of thank yous to clients, associates and coworkers! With education remaining at the heart of Scottish Government priorities, we’ve had to work harder than ever to keep Informed Scotland subscribers up to date with learning & skills in 2017. In […]

Informed Scotland November 2017 – Keeping pace with change in learning & skills

The latest issue is so packed with items it’s hard to believe it only covers one month! The main publication was the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Education (Scotland) Bill, Empowering Schools, open until 30 January 2018. The proposals are far-reaching and somewhat controversial – we’ve included all 24 questions in an Annex for ease […]

Looking beyond the classroom to tackle the achievement gap

by Neil Mathers, Chief Executive, Children’s University Scotland. Continuing our guest blog series featuring Informed Scotland subscribers writing on the theme Making connections across the learning & skills landscape. In Scotland today almost a quarter of children are growing up in poverty, and many lack even the most basic essentials to help them thrive. Low […]

Informed Scotland October 2017 – Plans, aims, gains & change

October is usually a little less hectic for Scottish learning & skills – but not this year… The main items this month were the Scottish Government’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths [STEM] – Education & Training Strategy, accompanied by an announcement for £20k STEM teacher bursaries; and publication of their Expansion of Early Learning & […]

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