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Catching up the educational losses from Covid 19 – Update

Experts Propose Extra Eight Hours Per Week For Two Years The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today asks the Scottish Government to set up a radical programme of catch-up to repair the damage caused to children by lost education during Scotland’s two …

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Melting pot 2020

Something unusual happened to our Melting Pot blog in 2020. It’s always been a space for interesting thought and debate, but this year it became “a place to be seen”, as one senior political figure put it to me. More and more smart and engaged people began approaching us, asking to write. The impact spread …

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Willie Watt in conversation with Chris Deerin

Watch our director, Chris Deerin, in conversation with Willie Watt, chair of the new Scottish National Investment Bank. This event was before an invited audience over Zoom on 8th December 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVsbHgDJv1c&feature=emb_logo

Why Universities must be at the heart of the Innovation and Technology Ecosystem – Jarmo Eskeline

Few Scottish Government publications have had as much impact as Mark Logan’s review of the Scottish Technology Ecosystem. This is perhaps because it is a well written, accurate, and Mr Logan himself carries the authority of success. However, it is also because it presents a tantalising glimpse into one vision for the future of the …

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The time has come for the UK Government to introduce statutory paid bereavement leave – Heidi Travis

The coronavirus pandemic has not only opened up conversations around grief, it has also cast a spotlight on the urgent need to better support employees who are dealing with a bereavement. Sue Ryder research has shown that in the last 12 months, 7.9 million people in employment (that’s 24% of all employees [1] ) have …

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Mobile tech providing vital lifeline for prisoners and their families – Humza Yousaf

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has fundamentally changed life for all of us, threatening the health, wellbeing and lives of people around the world. In these unprecedented times governments across the UK and internationally have had to take difficult decisions, including within our systems of justice to help combat, curtail, and control the spread of the virus. …

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Defending an Independent Scotland – Richard Marsh

Curriculum for Excellence’s implementation has been “largely negative” says Bloomer Our report on defending an independent Scotland, A’ the Blue Bonnets, was published by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in 2012.  The report remains the only credible costed model of how an independent Scotland could defend itself. Since then, much has changed in terms of the …

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