Informed Scotland General Election Extra

Ahead of each major election we provide Informed Scotland subscribers with a quick scan of manifestos and resources focusing on or highlighting learning and skills issues. The UK General Election 2017 Extra includes links to resources, such as Education Scotland’s You decide website, Young Scot’s Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 General Election, and Enable […]

New Research & Policy Digest for the Northern Ireland Executive

AJ Enterprises and emh connect have been awarded a joint three-year contract to produce a new quarterly Research & Policy Digest for Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy, following a competitive tendering process. The aim of the new Digest is to provide policy makers and stakeholders in Northern Ireland with quick and easy access to relevant local, […]

Informed Scotland April 2017 – Gender, equity, anxiety & achievement

There was plenty to capture the attention in learning & skills this month, even with the Easter holidays and elections creating a few ‘distractions’. Gender and equity was once again a hot topic right across the landscape. Research reports initiated by the David Hume Institute on why boys do less well in education than girls, and British […]

Leadership through collaborative learning – Informed Scotland Special

We’re delighted to publish an Informed Scotland Leadership Special. It was commissioned by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) and launched at their major conference in Perth on 3 May 2017. Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive of SCEL said, ‘Building leadership capacity at all levels through collaborative learning is crucial and must be a priority in […]

Celebrating achievement in adult learning

by Jackie Borge of Borge Consulting. Continuing our guest blog series featuring Informed Scotland subscribers writing on the theme Making connections across the learning & skills landscape. I’ve worked in adult learning for almost three decades, yet I still feel a tug on my heart strings when I hear how learning has affected people and […]

Informed Scotland March 2017 – Early learning, future skills

Early learning made it onto the Hot Topics list for only the third time in 49 issues. The main reason was publication of the Scottish Government’s Action Plan for Early Learning & Childcare (ELC). Even if ELC isn’t usually on your radar it’s worth taking a look, as there are actions relevant to pretty much […]

Informed Scotland February 2017 – Strategies, hubs & busting myths

February might have been the shortest month, but it certainly wasn’t the quietest.  As usual there were numerous sets of statistics, plus new strategies, task groups, courses, announcements, launches and partnerships. The learning & skills word of the month was ‘hub’: Glasgow Science Centre is to set up science hubs in primary school classrooms across Scotland […]

Informed Scotland Dec 16/Jan 17 – New year, new challenges

Once again there was no lull over the festive season with 2017 continuing at pace, ready to throw everything at the learning & skills landscape. Words of the year are already emerging: ‘equity’, ‘learner journey’, ‘streamlining’, ‘quality’ – and ‘challenging’! You could be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu, with the National Improvement […]

Learning & Skills in Scotland – What’s on the horizon for 2017?

In an interview for Radio EDUtalk, Angela took David Noble’s listeners on a 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 2016. Below are links to some of the programmes, […]