Informed Scotland July/August 2018 – Plans, pilots, policy & practice

It was pretty much business as usual throughout the summer, with little respite from policy developments, plans, pilots, research studies, surveys and statistics. The Scottish Government’s first national action plan for parental involvement and family learning was one of the big items. Learning Together is not a quick read, however, with 13 goals and 52 […]

Informed Scotland June 2018 – School reforms, skills gaps & Brexit

The hottest topic in June was the Scottish Government’s last minute decision to ‘park’ the Education (Scotland) Bill, choosing instead to work with local authorities in a joint agreement to ‘fast-track’ school reforms. The surprise shelving of the Bill (the Draft of which was still published) received mixed reactions, being described as both ‘welcome’ and […]

Informed Scotland May 2018 – Learner journeys, skills shortages & equality

Once again May has been a hotbed of must-read reports on a range of learning & skills topics. The most significant item was the final report of the Scottish Government’s 15–24 Learner Journey Review. It is aiming to achieve a more balanced, coherent approach to education and learning that offers better advice and guidance, more […]

Informed Scotland April 2018 – How good is our learning & skills?

The Easter holidays contributed to a slightly calmer learning & skills landscape in April, although there was no shortage of important developments to share. Interesting items to look out for include Education Scotland’s How Good is OUR School? to support pupils’ involvement in self-evaluation and improvement; analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on […]

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, […]

Informed Scotland February 2018 – Creativity & the Year of Young People

February was a quieter month for learning & skills – in case you’re wondering, we haven’t said that since April 2017! A couple of topics in particular seemed to permeate the landscape. The Year of Young People As expected, YOYP2018 is having an impact on activities, and not just at the level of ‘badging’ existing […]

Informed Scotland Dec 17/Jan 18 – Collaborating for improvement & innovation

There used to be a festive-season ‘lull’ in Scottish learning & skills activity. Not any more! As a result, we’ve just published another bumper edition, packed with must-read items. The words collaborate, collaboration and collaborative(s) crop up over 20 times in the latest issue of Informed Scotland. Organisations are working together for improvement, innovation, learning […]

Scotland’s Year of Young People – grasping the opportunity

by Geoff Leask, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland. Continuing our guest blog series featuring Informed Scotland subscribers writing on the theme Making connections across the learning & skills landscape. During a rather routine business meeting, as we headed towards the Christmas break, someone asked me, “What is Young Enterprise Scotland doing for Scotland’s Year of […]

Learning & Skills in Scotland – What’s on the horizon for 2018?

In an interview for Radio EDUtalk, Angela took David Noble’s listeners on a now annual 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 2017. Below are links to some […]

Informed Scotland Learning & Skills Hottest Topics 2017

We’re delighted to present the fifth annual list of Learning & Skills ‘Hot Topics’ that made it onto the cover of Informed Scotland over the past year: 1. Digital skills & inclusion (1 in 2016) =2. Teacher education, development, shortages & recruitment (=3) =2. Widening access (=3) 4. Future skills, learning & work (-) =5. […]

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