Informed Scotland April 2022 – 100th issue of the learning & skills digest

Issue 100 includes key Covid-19 guidance and announcements up to 5 May. With the Easter break in April and local government elections approaching, it was a relatively quiet month for learning & skills, with no major announcements. There are a number of items worth highlighting, however: The Open University’s report with Public Sector Executive on […]

Informed Scotland March 2022 – Strategies & reforms

Issue 99 includes key Covid-19 guidance and announcements up to 11 April. The hottest learning & skills topic in March was Prof Ken Muir’s eagerly anticipated report for school education reforms: the replacement of the SQA, the reform of Education Scotland and removal of its inspection function. We’ve provided subscribers with a helpful Annex containing […]

Informed Scotland February 2022 – Careers, computing & collaboration

February was a relatively calm month in learning & skills terms. The most significant item was the report of the ‘comprehensive, end-to-end’ review of career services commissioned by Skills Development Scotland a year ago. The Scottish Government has given the green light to all ten recommendations, so the Career Review Programme Board is now taking […]

Informed Scotland Dec21/Jan22 – Attainment gaps & skills shortages

Issue 97 includes key Covid-19 guidance and announcements up to and including 10 February. Closing the poverty-related attainment gap continues to be a stubborn problem. Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence Levels 2020/21 reported that the attainment gap in literacy and numeracy for primary pupils had increased. And the National Improvement Framework Interactive Evidence Report showed […]

Informed Scotland Learning & Skills Hottest Topics 2021

Which learning & skills topics appeared on the most covers of Informed Scotland over the past year? Here’s the ninth annual list. =1. COVID-19 – impact, support & recovery (1 in 2020) =1. Digital skills & inclusion (3) =1. Skills shortages & gaps – upskilling, reskilling & recovery (=5) =4. Developing & supporting the young […]

2021 reflections & thanks

AJ Enterprises has been busy throughout another challenging year. Angela was fortunate to continue to work with and support some fabulous clients, associates and coworkers. Informed Scotland subscribers were kept up to date with learning & skills across the landscape, including the impact of Covid-19. As well as the monthly digests, I published a Scottish […]

Informed Scotland November 2021 – The wellbeing of all in learning & skills

Issue 96 includes key Covid-19 guidance up to and including 10 December. Wellbeing was a main theme across the learning & skills landscape in November. Organisations are examining or aiming to support the (mental, physical and/or social) wellbeing of children & young people, students at various ages and stages, or teachers, lecturers and academics. For […]

Informed Scotland October 2021 – Reviews, reforms & climate change

Issue 95 includes key Covid-19 guidance up to and including 5 November. October was a quieter month than usual for learning & skills – the slimmest edition of Informed Scotland since October 2019 is testimony to that. Reviews and reforms are occupying minds across the landscape. Skills Development Scotland published research and white papers to […]

Informed Scotland September 2021 – Recover, reform & reskill

Issue 94 includes key COVID-19 guidance up to and including 11 October. A few topics in particular took centre stage: Education reform for the school sector, with a consultation to inform the review of Education Scotland and the SQA led by Prof Ken Muir having begun in earnest. COVID-19 recovery, as the Scottish Government set […]

Informed Scotland July/August 2021 – Innovation, exams & libraries

Issue 93 includes key COVID-19 guidance up to and including 13 September. National Qualifications results day passed by quietly this summer. However, the debate about the future of exams continues to grow, sparked by the publication of the OECD’s report on Upper-secondary education student assessment in Scotland commissioned by the Scottish Government. Three strategies relevant […]