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Education

A Vision for Young People 2021-31 Thriving in the Scottish Outdoors – Dave Spence

In 2020, Residential Outdoor Education experienced a near extinction event. Following a national Campaign – #saveyouroutdoorcentres – the Scottish Government agreed to support organisations to ensure Centres remained viable until June 2021.  The challenge remains to ensure that young people benefit from these experiences both immediately post-pandemic and for decades to come.  For that to …

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Supporting the LGBT+ community through homelessness – Caryn Nicolson

It’s a chilling fact that there are far too many people in Scotland who are homeless or at risk of being so. Let me pull out a few uncomfortable numbers from the annual update on homelessness by Scotland’s chief statistician, released in August and covering 2019-20: There were 36,855 applications for homelessness assistance. There were …

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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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Examining ‘Restore our schools’ – Lindsay Paterson

The Scottish Conservatives’ recent policy paper on education, Restore our Schools, is welcome as a sign that any political party is taking education seriously by concentrating on the details while also thinking about the general direction. Much debate about education in Scotland consists of vague aspirations combined with sound-bite responses to the latest crisis. Some aspects …

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Education

Vocational education needs general education – Lindsay Paterson

You’d be forgiven for failing to notice in the first week of August that the OECD has just produced a significant report on Scottish vocational education, Strengthening Skills in Scotland. Swamped by the controversies over the Scottish exam results, it seems to have attracted no media coverage whatsoever. You might also wonder, though, whether it would have been …

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