Informed Scotland Dec23/Jan24 – AI, XR & education

The impact, opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) in education featured right across the learning & skills landscape. Research, resources and projects that aim to illuminate, alert, reassure, challenge and advise include: Issue 117 also covered the usual raft of annual statistics and surveys, budget and investment announcements, partnership projects, new courses and personnel […]

Informed Scotland Learning & Skills Hottest Topics 2023

Which learning & skills topics appeared on the most covers of Informed Scotland over the past year? Here’s the 11th annual list. =1. Digital literacy, skills & inclusion (– in 2022) =1. Energy transition & green skills, jobs & workforce (=3) = 3. Apprenticeships (–) = 3. Colleges – finance, students, staff & regionalisation (NEW) […]

Informed Scotland November 2023 – Green skills, jobs & careers

The hottest topics, aside from education reform (covered in the October issue), were school pupil behaviour & attendance and green skills, jobs and careers. The latter included: Other items to highlight: Finally, the latest OECD PISA results were published this week and will be covered in the next issue. But in November, an Institute for […]

Informed Scotland October 2023 – Education & skills reform

Rather than make our subscribers wait, several major education and skills reform announcements made on 7 November by the Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills in a statement to the Scottish Parliament, are included in this month’s issue: Other items worth highlighting: Want to keep on top of all the developments? Become an Informed Scotland subscriber. Email [email protected] to […]

Informed Scotland September 2023 – Young people’s choices, influences & futures

September is usually a hectic month for learning & skills, as everyone returns after their summer breaks and the Scottish Government sets out its programme for the year. This year it was relatively quiet across the landscape, even though the new government programme includes plenty of education & skills related priorities. There are still numerous […]

Informed Scotland July/August 2023 – Present & future skills needs

Summer 2023 was a relatively calm one for learning & skills in Scotland, particularly for the school sector. Which was much appreciated by everyone after the hectic period that preceded it and that will no doubt follow. Reports to highlight include: There was also the usual statistical reports and annual surveys, including on the participation […]

Who’s where in Scottish learning & skills? 2023

The 11th Informed Scotland Organisations & People Special has just been published to coincide with the start of the 2023–24 academic session. This annual snapshot of a busy, ever-changing landscape helps our subscribers quickly locate the key organisations and make sense of where they fit into the bigger picture. They find it a useful directory […]

Informed Scotland June 2023 – Learning & skills for the future

A later-than-usual round up of learning & skills last month – a month crammed full of major reports and announcements to keep us all busy over the summer. One of the hottest topics was It’s Our Future, the final report of the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment led by Prof Louise Hayward. This was […]

Informed Scotland May 2023 – All Learners Matter

The hottest topic in May was publication of the National Discussion on Education – Final report. The National Discussion was led by Prof Carol Campbell and Prof Alma Harris, who describe the scale of the response as ‘unprecedented in the history of engagement about the Scottish education system’. We now wait to see what impact […]

Informed Scotland April 2023 – Running to catch up with AI

The debate about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on learning & skills ramped up across the landscape in April. There was a palpable sense of being swept along – or aside – by the speed of change. Organisations and individuals are in a hurry to learn more about systems such as ChatGPT and […]