Informed Scotland Dec20/Jan21 – COVID-19 impact, support & recovery

Issue 87 includes key announcements and guidance up to and including 12 February. This edition of Informed Scotland is the biggest ever published, summarising an incredibly busy, productive couple of months for learning & skills. Hard to fathom, when so many are achieving all this from home, and when every day feels pretty similar to […]

Informed Scotland Learning & Skills Hottest Topics 2020

We’re delighted to present the eighth annual list of Learning & Skills ‘Hot Topics’ that made it onto the cover of Informed Scotland over the past year: 1. COVID-19 impact & response (NEW) 2. Online, remote & technology enhanced learning & teaching (NEW) 3. Digital skills & inclusion (1 in 2019) 4. Youth employment & […]

Reflecting on a year like no other

Work has been a haven to escape to at times, and for that, I’d particularly like to thank clients, associates, coworkers and contacts. I’ve been fortunate that AJ Enterprises’ projects have been able to continue throughout 2020. Informed Scotland subscribers have been kept up to date about learning & skills as usual. Since March, this […]

Informed Scotland November 2020 – Fundamental changes in learning & skills

Issue 86, sent to subscribers on 10 December, includes key announcements and guidance up to 9 December – including the decision to cancel Higher and Advanced Higher exams. Sufficient time has elapsed since the first COVID-19 lockdown for more detailed data on its impact on learning & skills to be recorded and studied, and for […]

Informed Scotland October 2020 – College & university futures

The impact of the pandemic continues to dominate learning & skills, including increasing the pace and extent of change being considered by organisations across the landscape. In October the focus was on the future for further and higher education. Phase one of the Scottish Funding Council’s three-phase review of colleges and universities, and the UK-wide […]

Informed Scotland September 2020 – Exams, mental health & the student perspective

This busy edition includes key announcements and guidance up to and including 9 October. The keenly awaited decisions on the 2020/21 National Qualifications exams were announced on 7 October, alongside initial guidance and support from the SQA and publication of Prof Mark Priestley’s Rapid Review of the 2020 experience. A summary of each, including all […]

Informed Scotland July/August 2020 – Rethinking education

Our latest edition covers a summer like no other. With so many important developments happening, it was hard to select which to highlight… One of the hottest topics was the SQA National Qualifications results. A summary of the sequence of events, plus details of an independent review and plans for next year feature in the […]

Who’s where in Scottish learning & skills?

The eighth Informed Scotland Organisations & People Special has just been published to coincide with the start of the 2020–21 academic session. Our annual snapshot of a busy, changing landscape helps subscribers to quickly locate the key organisations and make sense of where they fit into the bigger picture. This year there are links to […]

Informed Scotland June 2020 – Planning for recovery

Once again there were numerous surveys and reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on learning and skills, including on headteachers and deputes by the EIS, on higher education students by HEPI, and on CLD practitioners by CLD Standards Council Scotland. That said, word of the month was ‘recovery’, as the emphasis began to shift from […]

Informed Scotland May 2020 – The impact of COVID-19 on learning & skills

While April was all about learning & skills in lockdown, in May the focus shifted to examining the impact of COVID-19 and to considering how to cautiously move towards normality. The Scottish Government’s route map through and out of the crisis published on 21 May is the touchstone for all plans, and schools, colleges, universities […]