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, from volunteers to specialists – we’ve included all 37 in an Annex for ease of reference.

It’s not surprising that apprenticeships made the cover, due to the flurry of activity for the annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Highlights included Skills Development Scotland’s first report on progress in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, and a paper from FSB Scotland challenging government to see apprenticeships from a small business perspective.

Other interesting reports to delve into this month include:

Plus there’s the usual round up of statistics, including on higher education students & qualifiers and college staffing from the Scottish Funding Council, and drop-out rates from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

There are numerous consultations seeking your views – including on early learning & childcare, on women in STEM, on the new enterprise agency for the South of Scotland, and to find out what 15–24 year-olds think of the support they receive. And of course there are plenty of new partnerships, organisations, resources, courses, appointments and funds, as well as a few departures.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the very best to Gillian Hamilton and #TeamSCEL as they take their collaborative Scottish College for Educational Leadership programmes to join Education Scotland. Regularly described as a breath of fresh air in Scottish education, SCEL has achieved so much in a short four years. It was a pleasure to work with them on the Informed Scotland Leadership Special and play a small part in their journey!

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