Informed Scotland April 2021 – The disproportionate impact of COVID-19

Issue 90 includes key guidance up to and including 6 May. With political lockdown in place for the Scottish Parliament elections, April was the quietest month for learning & skills in a while. That said, there was no shortage of developments and reports to cover. A number of reports provide evidence of the disproportionate impact […]

Informed Scotland Scottish Parliament Election Extra 2021

Ahead of each major election we provide Informed Scotland subscribers with a brief scan of manifestos and resources focusing on or highlighting learning and skills issues. The Scottish Parliament Election Extra 2021 has links to: Manifestos, including from Children in Scotland, the EIS, ADES, University & College Union Scotland, Universities Scotland, the OU in Scotland, […]

Informed Scotland March 2021 – Attainment gap, skills gaps & diversity

Issue 89 includes key announcements and guidance up to and including 8 April. March was another busy month, with the added pile of strategies and manifestos published ahead of the Scottish Parliament election. Four key themes dominated: The poverty-related attainment gap, with A report on progress 2016–2021 from the Scottish Government, and a separate progress […]

Informed Scotland February 2021 – Cyber skills, careers & future jobs

Issue 88 includes key announcements and guidance up to and including 8 March. Cyber Scotland Week helped to make cyber skills one of the hottest topics last month – ‘cyber’ is mentioned in this edition 20 times. The main items were a new Scottish Government Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland with learning & […]

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 […]