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Education reform consultation: ‘We need to learn from policy, research and practice to ensure reform is fit for purpose”

... Education reform: ‘We need to learn from research and practice" 30 November 2021 Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Education Reform, calling for a child-rights approach and emphasising the...

Curriculum for Excellence Education Education reform

Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap

...Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap In their current form the Scottish Government’s proposals for reform of Education governance will fail to make any progress in narrowing the attainment gap, Children in...

Children Children's rights Decision making Education Jackie Brock Scottish Government Scottish Schools Support

Children hold the key to the future of food justice and Education in Scotland

... Children hold the key to the future of food justice and Education in Scotland 19 Feb 2019 Mhairi Barrett is a PhD Gastronomy student, and a speaker at our national food conference, Biting Back: transforming food experiences for Scotland's...


How can we support young carers in Education settings?

... How can we support young carers in Education settings? 13 Nov 2017 There’s lots we can do to improve experiences for school pupils who look after family members. Louise Morgan, who is leading an event on the topic next month,...


NHS Education for Scotland Foetal Alcohol Harm E-learning Resource (2012)

...NHS Education for Scotland Foetal Alcohol Harm E-learning Resource This project ran during 2012. Children in Scotland developed the content for an e-learning resource with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Foetal Alcohol Harm. The resource...


Inclusive Education should be more than just an aspiration

...Inclusive Education should be more than just an aspiration We need to better empower and equip schools to support children with additional support needs - and the new review of implementation offers hope, writes Sally Cavers The Scottish...


Food Education is on the menu as International School Meals Day 2019 launches

... Food Education is on the menu as International School Meals Day 2019 launches International School Meals Day (ISMD) 2019 has launched. This year's theme is 'Who makes my meal?'. ISMD aims to encourage children and young people around the world...


Taking steps towards a more inclusive Education system

... Taking steps towards a more inclusive Education system 10 Jan 2018 Today is a significant day in the recognition of rights of children and young people with additional support needs, writes Cat Thomson As of today, 10 January 2018, the rights...

Additional support Children's rights Legislation

Pupils’ views in the spotlight, as exciting Education initiative gets underway

... Pupils’ views in the spotlight, as exciting Education initiative gets underway   Children and young people will have more of a say in their Education, thanks to a new Learner Panel that has been launched today with Deputy First...


Call 6: Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of Education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up'

... Call 6: Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of Education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up' By Elaine Kerridge Child rights and wellbeing must be at the heart of Education in Scotland and...


Children in Scotland welcomes "historic" LGBTI inclusive Education announcement

... Children in Scotland welcomes "historic" LGBTI inclusive Education announcement National charity Children in Scotland has welcomed the announcement made by Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney in the Scottish...

Education equality LGBT

News: Education Recovery plan is a missed opportunity, say teaching unions

... Magazine / News: Education Recovery plan misses the mark say teaching unions Posted 6 Oct, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing The Scottish Government’s plans to...

Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing

Postponement of Bill ‘opens way for more evidence-based Education approach’

... Postponement of Bill ‘opens way for more evidence-based Education approach’ Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, announced to Scottish Parliament today that the Education Bill would not be taken forward. In making the decision,...


‘No detriment on appeals’: call for urgent change to exams certification process ahead of Scottish Parliament Education Debate

...is based on the views and evidence of young people it works with and comes ahead of today’s Education debate at Holyrood. Amy Woodhouse, Children in Scotland’s Joint Interim Chief Executive and Head of Policy, Projects & Participation...

appeals assessments covid Education exams SQA

Kindness is the key to the SSPCA’s Education activity

... Kindness is the key to the SSPCA’s Education activity 20 October 2020 Ahead of Bonfire Night – a stressful time of year for animals – Gilly Mendes Ferreira explains the role of the SSPCA in supporting schools in Scotland to nurture...


Government ‘must be brave’ in leading Education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs

... Government ‘must be brave’ in leading Education reforms, with focus on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs 10 March 2022 Children in Scotland has welcomed the emphasis on children’s rights, the early years and meeting...

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National Theatre of Scotland launch new digital Education portal

... Magazine / News: National Theatre of Scotland launches new digital Education portal Posted 27 Aug 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Arts Education The new Educational channel will include resources to support teachers and...

Arts Education

News: First LGBT-inclusive Education resources launched

... Magazine / News: World's first LGBT-inclusive Education resources Posted 24 Sept, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Education equality LGBT Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed lesbian, gay,...

Education equality LGBT

The Education Recovery Youth Panel (October 2020-June 2021)

... The Education Recovery Youth Panel (October 2020-June 2021)   COVID-19 has had a big impact on all of our lives, including Education. The Scottish Government set up the Education Recovery Group to help develop the response and recovery...


Young people to lead new diversity in Education participatory project

... Young people to lead new diversity in Education participatory project 16 October 2020 Children in Scotland is bringing together a group of children and young people to get involved in a new participatory project focusing on diversity in...

diversity Education General Teaching Council for Scotland

Panel on Europe issues letter to John Swinney urging support for right to Education through Brexit

... Panel on Europe issues letter to John Swinney urging support for right to Education through Brexit 12 August 2020 This morning the Children and Young People's Panel on Europe sent a letter to Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney...


Diversity in Teaching - Children and Young People's Views on Diversity in Scottish Education (September 2020-May 2022)

... Diversity in Teaching - Children and Young People's Views on Diversity in Scottish Education (September 2020-May 2022) Children in Scotland has been working with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and Intercultural Youth...


E3-Early Years and Education

E2-Early Years and Education

E1-Early Years and Education

A child-centred approach to resolving conflict in Education

... Our work Services Resolve A child-centred approach to resolving conflict in Education What is mediation in Education? By law, under The Education (Additional Support for Learning Scotland) Act 2004/09), local Education authorities...


School isn't the be-all and end-all of a fair Education

... School isn't the be-all and end-all of a fair Education 9 Oct 2017 It has been said many times, but needs repeating - the attainment gap cannot be closed by teachers alone, writes Jackie Brock The Scottish government’s overarching goal of...


An holistic approach to fair funding for Education

... A holistic approach to fair funding for Education 16 Oct 2017 Children in Scotland has called for a more holistic approach to Education funding so that money is targeted effectively and contributes to narrowing the attainment gap. In our...


New resources for inclusive Education

... New resources for inclusive Education The European Agency for Special Needs in Inclusive Education (EASNIE) has published a series of reports aimed at promoting more inclusive Education across Scotland. The Agency is a platform for...


25 Calls response: Don’t let a difference of opinion become a deciding factor in children’s Educational experience

... Don’t let a difference of opinion become a deciding factor in children’s Educational experience 14 November 2019 Listening, participating and sharing contrasting views are the keys to unlocking disputes in Education – to the benefit of...


‘Involve us in decisions about our Education’: core message from young people echoed by OECD report

... ‘Involve us in decisions about our Education’: core message from young people echoed by OECD report 24 June 2021 Children in Scotland has welcomed the findings of the OECD’s report on Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence as echoing...


Parents tell the Deputy First Minister that their autistic children are Not Included, Not Engaged and Not Involved in their Education

...Minister that their autistic children are Not Included, Not Engaged and Not Involved in their Education 7 December 2018   Almost 3,000 people have signed a letter calling for the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for...


25 Calls response: Youth work gives us vital opportunities, independence and access to non-formal Education. Let’s protect it

... Youth work gives us vital opportunities, independence and access to non-formal Education. We must protect it Responding to Call 6, Rosie Sumsion, MSYP for Helensburgh and Lomond, explains why a new Scottish Youth Parliament campaign is...


Call 18: Take the next step in participation and food Education: give communities the keys to school kitchens

... Call 18: Take the next step in participation and food Education: give communities the keys to school kitchens By Donna Borokinni I've been working in the Glasgow community since 2005 and over the last five years I've observed food poverty...


Not Included, Not Engaged, Not Involved: Survey finds autistic children are missing out on Education

... Survey of 1,417 parents finds autistic children are missing out on fundamental right to an Education 25 September 2018 Pamela’s son, Kyle, is autistic. She said: “Kyle is only six but he’s already at his second school. The first school...

additional support needs ASN Autism School

Q&A with James McEnaney: Mind the gap

...Scottish schools and the attainment gap Posted 1 February 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education Inequality Poverty schools Ahead of his webinar for Children in Scotland, former teacher, journalist and author James...

Education Inequality Poverty schools

Refreshed Professional Standards for Scotland's teachers

...Standards for Scotland’s teachers Posted on 25 Aug 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Education New Professional Standards for Teachers have now been enacted, including a greater focus on equality and diversity, additional...

Education

The diversity of our pupils needs to be celebrated

...our pupils must be celebrated Posted on 25 Aug 2021 by Jennifer Drummond diversity Education inclusion Assets which celebrate multiculturalism must be included in the framework of Scottish Education and delivered in the...

diversity Education inclusion

School pledge pack helps educators demonstrate more inclusive practices

...in school, has been published today.   The pledge pack, which is aimed at schools and other Education providers, encourages reflection on how young people with additional support needs are being supported and listened to in their setting....

ASL ASN Education inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Encouraging moves on participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account

...could lead to positive changes in the areas of social security, livings standards, health and Education. Reconsidering the minimum age of criminal responsibility Since 2019, the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland has been 12...

Arts calls citizens' assemblies democracy Education Election Learning manifest Participation Policy rights Scottish Government Scottish Parliament

Programme for Government fails to commit to increasing Scottish Child Payment

...Child Payment Posted 8 Sept, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Education Mental Health Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented the legislative agenda and funding priorities of her...

early learning and childcare Education Mental Health

News: New Members Bill to give legal right to transition support

...by Jennifer Drummond. Main image: Phil Wilkinson Additional support ASL ASN Education transitions New proposed legislation has been lodged with the Scottish Parliament to secure the statutory right to a transition...

Additional support ASL ASN Education transitions

News: Scottish Government reveals plans to overhaul Scottish Attainment Challenge funding

...Scottish Attainment Challenge funding revealed Posted 24 Nov, 2021 by Nina Joynson Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament The Scottish Government has announced plans to overhaul the next phase of the £1bn Scottish...

Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament

News: Scottish Government criticised on lack of ventilation strategy for schools

...strategy into action in schools Posted 2 December, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Covid-19 Education Concerns over a lack of sustainable options for improving clean air flow in schools has led to calls for the Scottish Government to commit...

Children's rights Covid-19 Education

Children’s wellbeing and the Scottish budget (2020-2021)
budget community democracy economy Education equality Inequality Learning Manifesto Poverty rights Scottish Parliament UNCRC Wellbeing

Inclusion Ambassadors welcome school return but say the still don't feel heard

... The group, who met virtually last week, spoke positively about their return to face-to-face Education, with a particular emphasis on seeing friends, classmates and staff. In addition, they shared their ease with the safety measures that...

additional support needs ASL ASN Education inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Comment: The national policy on Standardised Testing is failing pupils and teachers alike

...Testing is failing pupils and teachers' Posted 25 January, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education The Scottish National Standardised Assessments don't read well or add up, writes Andrea Bradley (pictured) It was recently revealed the...

Education

News: High absence levels and ventilation issues as school term starts

...ventilation issues as term starts Posted 11 Jan, 2022 by Nina Joynson coronavirus Education health and wellbeing schools As children return to classrooms, schools are experiencing high levels of teacher and pupil...

coronavirus Education health and wellbeing schools

Exams review decision ‘reflects commitment to equalities and values young people’s views’

...and teacher judgement. Higher and Advanced Higher exams will go ahead, Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney told the Scottish Parliament. We welcome publication of the report by Professor Mark Priestley and in particular its...

Attainment Education equality exams rights SQA young people

"We're not doing well enough on child mental health," First Minister tells young people from across Scotland

...or click here to visit Children in Scotland Films: Click here to see the playlist on YouTube Educational Resource: Click here to download YouthLink Scotland's resource More information: Take a look at a range of different blogs that have...

Brexit bullying Children's rights Education equality food poverty Inequality Mental Health Participation Poverty

Children, parents and teachers could pay price for testing policy

...it was revealed earlier this week that the Scottish Government had issued a letter to directors of Education, telling them that parents would not have the option to withdraw their children from the tests. The advice was informed by Scottish...

Education Parents School Tests

From protest to policymaking: join my campaign for reform and ensure Afro-Scottish history is taught in our schools

...robust account of Afro-Scottish, Black British and African Diasporic history through the national Education system. This would negotiate, rectify, and recognise those real-life events and contributions that continue to shape and support our...

anti-racism black lives matter diversity Education equality Inequality protest racism

Learning the secrets of the Netherlands' success

...years ago we came to Scotland with a delegation of care providers and people responsible for Education. We were inspired by how you can have a common language. We are also interested in looking at Scotland’s approaches to inclusion – we...

care Education inclusion netherlands Wellbeing workforce

News: Computing Science gets a boost in Scottish schools

...9 February 2022, by Nina Joynson Curriculum for Excellence digital Education funding Scottish Government technology Computing Science in schools will benefit from government funding and a new...

Curriculum for Excellence digital Education funding Scottish Government technology

"There have been too many promises of change, followed by a failure to act"

...missing school, for whatever reason, are still given the opportunity to learn. We recommended that Education Scotland commit to improve current digital Educational resources to support the remote teaching of Curriculum for Excellence, including...

Additional support additional support for ASL ASN Education

20,000+ club places available to children and families this summer as part of award-winning food project

...aim of contributing to tackling food poverty and its link to children’s health, wellbeing and Education. Aware of the pressures on families, particularly those on low income and in areas experiencing high levels of child poverty, FFF turns...

Education Food food poverty Health

2021-26 Manifesto launches with calls to put wellbeing at the heart of Scottish budget, include under-16s in Citizens’ Assemblies, target air pollution and introduce a ‘hobby premium’

...air quality in locations where children live, learn and play: a school air quality monitoring and Education scheme should be introduced to measure air quality, educate children and families about this issue, and reduce children’s exposure to...

budget Child protection community democracy economy Education environment equality Inequality Learning Manifesto Poverty rights Scottish Parliament UNCRC Wellbeing

Inclusion Ambassadors share experiences of school after lockdown

...discussing their experiences of returning to school after lockdown. Asked about their return to Education, the Inclusion Ambassadors presented a mixed picture of their success at settling back into school life. Some spoke highly of schools...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education inclusion Participation

Mobilise third sector services to give children and communities support in the fight against Covid-19

...2020 Children in Scotland has responded to yesterday’s statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education (click to read), John Swinney, on schooling and childcare in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Chief Executive Jackie Brock...

ASN childcare communities Covid-19 Education schools

Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty

...will continue to work with partners to ensure that families have the financial support they need. Education: commitment must be matched by ambition and implementation “It is positive to see investment in teachers and support staff, particularly...

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Why young children need Play Not Tests
Children Education Scottish Schools

New measures to support autistic pupils welcome, but we must not lose momentum

...Schools Short-Life Working Group to improve autism awareness and training within schools and other Educational settings. Each measure announced in the action plan is a direct outcome of the findings from the ground-breaking Not Engaged, Not...

ASL ASN Autism Children's rights Education equality inclusion

Q&A with Susie Heywood: Tackling gender stereotypes

...self-esteem, participation in sports, body image and disordered eating. Other areas like poverty, Educational attainment, career destinations, mental health and others are all relevant to these gendered ideas and pressures too. It can be argued...

equality gender Inequality public health

Comment: We need to embed early interventions and mental health support in all schools across Scotland

...schools to become mentally healthy places to be Posted 11 February, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education Mental Health First launched in 2015, Children’s Mental Health Week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young...

Education Mental Health

News: Report reveals ongoing lack of diversity in teaching profession

...diversity in teaching profession Posted 31 May, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond diversity Education Scottish Government Scottish Schools The second annual data report into diversity in the teaching profession has revealed...

diversity Education Scottish Government Scottish Schools

New project to better understand what pupil support in Scotland should look like

...pupil support in Scotland should look like 18 May 2022 Children in Scotland is working with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to build knowledge and influence practice development around support for young people with additional...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education

Time to Talk Next Steps Scotland

...limited or no plans for the future. They may be in school or in college or have finished formal Education and be unsure how to move forward. How does it work? After filling out a Request for Support form, young people will be allocated support...


News: See Me launches new mental health campaign for schools

...health approach, as stigma and issues rise Posted 14 June, 2022 by Nina Joynson Education health and wellbeing Mental Health Scottish Schools A charity has launched new resources for secondary schools...

Education health and wellbeing Mental Health Scottish Schools

Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2022: What's next?

...calls to action. Topics covered include: Children’s rights, engagement and participation Education and wellbeing Mental health Disability inclusion Supporting children in their early years Climate justice and sustainability We’re...


Comment:‘We all have a story worth sharing and celebrating’

...been meeting since November 2021 to discuss the issues that matter to young people, from access to Education, Home Office procedures, health and many more. Policy progress This Refugee Week, we’ve seen several headlines about the UK’s responses...

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News: Consultation on physical intervention in schools opened

...on physical intervention in schools launched Posted 22 June, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education human rights rights Views are being sought on new guidance relating to physical intervention and restraint in schools....

Education human rights rights

News: Councils urged to keep ASN on the agenda

... Posted 10 May 2022, by Jennifer Drummond additional support for learning ASN Education Following the Scottish local council elections last week, the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) has urged for a...

additional support for learning ASN Education

Exams aren’t everything. Every pupil, and every pupil’s journey, matters

...of success. Exams are typically used to form a gateway to the next stage of higher or further Education. Exam results may play an important role in identifying the aptitude of pupils to gain entry to college or university. But they have also...


Comment: Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated

...Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated Posted 3 March 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education literacy reading World Book Day As children across the country celebrate World Book Day, Abi Baross (pictured)...

Education literacy reading World Book Day

News: Young people present key issues to Scottish Cabinet

...from Children in Scotland event, September 2018. Children's rights climate change Education environment equality Health LGBT Mental Health UNCRC Young people across Scotland met today with the...

Children's rights climate change Education environment equality Health LGBT Mental Health UNCRC

News: Accelerate free school meal provision, says STUC

...meal provision, says STUC Posted 22 April 2022, by Jennifer Drummond child poverty Education free school meals Poverty As pupils return to the classroom after the Easter break, trade union leaders have called for...

child poverty Education free school meals Poverty

News: SQA comes under fire for new revision materials

...fire for new revision materials Posted 9 March 2022, by Nina Joynson Covid-19 Education Education reform exams Scottish Schools SQA There are revived calls for the SQA to be replaced as the authority...

Covid-19 Education Education reform exams Scottish Schools SQA

News: New project to tackle racism in schools

...tackle racism in schools Posted 25 February, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond. anti-racism Education racism A new project will support young people to lead a campaign of change, embedding race equality and anti-racism within the...

anti-racism Education racism

News: Young carers running on empty, says leading charity

...running on empty, says leading charity Posted 16 March 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education health and wellbeing kinship care Mental Health young carers The Carers Trust has highlighted how a lack of...

Education health and wellbeing kinship care Mental Health young carers

News: 500 new BSL signs added to make tech sector more inclusive

...inclusive tech sector Posted 30 March 2022, by Nina Joynson accessibility BSL Education inclusion technology More than 500 British Sign Language signs have been created for terms related to digital technology...

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News: Thousands of books donated to families in Scotland

...donated to families in Scotland Posted 6 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Early years Education Families reading More than 2,500 books have been donated to families supported by Home-Start Scotland to encourage...

Early years Education Families reading

News: Schools face new disruption as exams approach

...to learning as exams approach Posted 22 March 2022, by Nina Joynson Covid-19 Education exams SQA A new spike in Covid cases has forced councils to consider a return to remote learning as teaching absences...

Covid-19 Education exams SQA

25 Nov 19 - Relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) Education in autism

30 Apr 20 - Gaming and gambling Education and prevention with young people and families

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Education reform consultation: ‘We need to learn from policy, research and practice to ensure reform is fit for purpose”

... Education reform: ‘We need to learn from research and practice" 30 November 2021 Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Education Reform, calling for a child-rights approach and emphasising the...

Curriculum for Excellence Education Education reform

Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap

...Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap In their current form the Scottish Government’s proposals for reform of Education governance will fail to make any progress in narrowing the attainment gap, Children in...

Children Children's rights Decision making Education Jackie Brock Scottish Government Scottish Schools Support

Children hold the key to the future of food justice and Education in Scotland

... Children hold the key to the future of food justice and Education in Scotland 19 Feb 2019 Mhairi Barrett is a PhD Gastronomy student, and a speaker at our national food conference, Biting Back: transforming food experiences for Scotland's...


How can we support young carers in Education settings?

... How can we support young carers in Education settings? 13 Nov 2017 There’s lots we can do to improve experiences for school pupils who look after family members. Louise Morgan, who is leading an event on the topic next month,...


Food Education is on the menu as International School Meals Day 2019 launches

... Food Education is on the menu as International School Meals Day 2019 launches International School Meals Day (ISMD) 2019 has launched. This year's theme is 'Who makes my meal?'. ISMD aims to encourage children and young people around the world...


Taking steps towards a more inclusive Education system

... Taking steps towards a more inclusive Education system 10 Jan 2018 Today is a significant day in the recognition of rights of children and young people with additional support needs, writes Cat Thomson As of today, 10 January 2018, the rights...

Additional support Children's rights Legislation

Pupils’ views in the spotlight, as exciting Education initiative gets underway

... Pupils’ views in the spotlight, as exciting Education initiative gets underway   Children and young people will have more of a say in their Education, thanks to a new Learner Panel that has been launched today with Deputy First...


Children in Scotland welcomes "historic" LGBTI inclusive Education announcement

... Children in Scotland welcomes "historic" LGBTI inclusive Education announcement National charity Children in Scotland has welcomed the announcement made by Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney in the Scottish...

Education equality LGBT

Postponement of Bill ‘opens way for more evidence-based Education approach’

... Postponement of Bill ‘opens way for more evidence-based Education approach’ Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, announced to Scottish Parliament today that the Education Bill would not be taken forward. In making the decision,...


‘No detriment on appeals’: call for urgent change to exams certification process ahead of Scottish Parliament Education Debate

...is based on the views and evidence of young people it works with and comes ahead of today’s Education debate at Holyrood. Amy Woodhouse, Children in Scotland’s Joint Interim Chief Executive and Head of Policy, Projects & Participation...

appeals assessments covid Education exams SQA

Kindness is the key to the SSPCA’s Education activity

... Kindness is the key to the SSPCA’s Education activity 20 October 2020 Ahead of Bonfire Night – a stressful time of year for animals – Gilly Mendes Ferreira explains the role of the SSPCA in supporting schools in Scotland to nurture...


Government ‘must be brave’ in leading Education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs

... Government ‘must be brave’ in leading Education reforms, with focus on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs 10 March 2022 Children in Scotland has welcomed the emphasis on children’s rights, the early years and meeting...

additional support for learning Children's rights Early years Education Education reform inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors learners report

Young people to lead new diversity in Education participatory project

... Young people to lead new diversity in Education participatory project 16 October 2020 Children in Scotland is bringing together a group of children and young people to get involved in a new participatory project focusing on diversity in...

diversity Education General Teaching Council for Scotland

Panel on Europe issues letter to John Swinney urging support for right to Education through Brexit

... Panel on Europe issues letter to John Swinney urging support for right to Education through Brexit 12 August 2020 This morning the Children and Young People's Panel on Europe sent a letter to Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney...


School isn't the be-all and end-all of a fair Education

... School isn't the be-all and end-all of a fair Education 9 Oct 2017 It has been said many times, but needs repeating - the attainment gap cannot be closed by teachers alone, writes Jackie Brock The Scottish government’s overarching goal of...


An holistic approach to fair funding for Education

... A holistic approach to fair funding for Education 16 Oct 2017 Children in Scotland has called for a more holistic approach to Education funding so that money is targeted effectively and contributes to narrowing the attainment gap. In our...


New resources for inclusive Education

... New resources for inclusive Education The European Agency for Special Needs in Inclusive Education (EASNIE) has published a series of reports aimed at promoting more inclusive Education across Scotland. The Agency is a platform for...


25 Calls response: Don’t let a difference of opinion become a deciding factor in children’s Educational experience

... Don’t let a difference of opinion become a deciding factor in children’s Educational experience 14 November 2019 Listening, participating and sharing contrasting views are the keys to unlocking disputes in Education – to the benefit of...


‘Involve us in decisions about our Education’: core message from young people echoed by OECD report

... ‘Involve us in decisions about our Education’: core message from young people echoed by OECD report 24 June 2021 Children in Scotland has welcomed the findings of the OECD’s report on Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence as echoing...


Parents tell the Deputy First Minister that their autistic children are Not Included, Not Engaged and Not Involved in their Education

...Minister that their autistic children are Not Included, Not Engaged and Not Involved in their Education 7 December 2018   Almost 3,000 people have signed a letter calling for the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for...


25 Calls response: Youth work gives us vital opportunities, independence and access to non-formal Education. Let’s protect it

... Youth work gives us vital opportunities, independence and access to non-formal Education. We must protect it Responding to Call 6, Rosie Sumsion, MSYP for Helensburgh and Lomond, explains why a new Scottish Youth Parliament campaign is...


Not Included, Not Engaged, Not Involved: Survey finds autistic children are missing out on Education

... Survey of 1,417 parents finds autistic children are missing out on fundamental right to an Education 25 September 2018 Pamela’s son, Kyle, is autistic. She said: “Kyle is only six but he’s already at his second school. The first school...

additional support needs ASN Autism School

School pledge pack helps educators demonstrate more inclusive practices

...in school, has been published today.   The pledge pack, which is aimed at schools and other Education providers, encourages reflection on how young people with additional support needs are being supported and listened to in their setting....

ASL ASN Education inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Encouraging moves on participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account

...could lead to positive changes in the areas of social security, livings standards, health and Education. Reconsidering the minimum age of criminal responsibility Since 2019, the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland has been 12...

Arts calls citizens' assemblies democracy Education Election Learning manifest Participation Policy rights Scottish Government Scottish Parliament

Inclusion Ambassadors welcome school return but say the still don't feel heard

... The group, who met virtually last week, spoke positively about their return to face-to-face Education, with a particular emphasis on seeing friends, classmates and staff. In addition, they shared their ease with the safety measures that...

additional support needs ASL ASN Education inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Exams review decision ‘reflects commitment to equalities and values young people’s views’

...and teacher judgement. Higher and Advanced Higher exams will go ahead, Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney told the Scottish Parliament. We welcome publication of the report by Professor Mark Priestley and in particular its...

Attainment Education equality exams rights SQA young people

"We're not doing well enough on child mental health," First Minister tells young people from across Scotland

...or click here to visit Children in Scotland Films: Click here to see the playlist on YouTube Educational Resource: Click here to download YouthLink Scotland's resource More information: Take a look at a range of different blogs that have...

Brexit bullying Children's rights Education equality food poverty Inequality Mental Health Participation Poverty

Children, parents and teachers could pay price for testing policy

...it was revealed earlier this week that the Scottish Government had issued a letter to directors of Education, telling them that parents would not have the option to withdraw their children from the tests. The advice was informed by Scottish...

Education Parents School Tests

From protest to policymaking: join my campaign for reform and ensure Afro-Scottish history is taught in our schools

...robust account of Afro-Scottish, Black British and African Diasporic history through the national Education system. This would negotiate, rectify, and recognise those real-life events and contributions that continue to shape and support our...

anti-racism black lives matter diversity Education equality Inequality protest racism

Learning the secrets of the Netherlands' success

...years ago we came to Scotland with a delegation of care providers and people responsible for Education. We were inspired by how you can have a common language. We are also interested in looking at Scotland’s approaches to inclusion – we...

care Education inclusion netherlands Wellbeing workforce

20,000+ club places available to children and families this summer as part of award-winning food project

...aim of contributing to tackling food poverty and its link to children’s health, wellbeing and Education. Aware of the pressures on families, particularly those on low income and in areas experiencing high levels of child poverty, FFF turns...

Education Food food poverty Health

2021-26 Manifesto launches with calls to put wellbeing at the heart of Scottish budget, include under-16s in Citizens’ Assemblies, target air pollution and introduce a ‘hobby premium’

...air quality in locations where children live, learn and play: a school air quality monitoring and Education scheme should be introduced to measure air quality, educate children and families about this issue, and reduce children’s exposure to...

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Inclusion Ambassadors share experiences of school after lockdown

...discussing their experiences of returning to school after lockdown. Asked about their return to Education, the Inclusion Ambassadors presented a mixed picture of their success at settling back into school life. Some spoke highly of schools...

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Mobilise third sector services to give children and communities support in the fight against Covid-19

...2020 Children in Scotland has responded to yesterday’s statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education (click to read), John Swinney, on schooling and childcare in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Chief Executive Jackie Brock...

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Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty

...will continue to work with partners to ensure that families have the financial support they need. Education: commitment must be matched by ambition and implementation “It is positive to see investment in teachers and support staff, particularly...

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New measures to support autistic pupils welcome, but we must not lose momentum

...Schools Short-Life Working Group to improve autism awareness and training within schools and other Educational settings. Each measure announced in the action plan is a direct outcome of the findings from the ground-breaking Not Engaged, Not...

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New project to better understand what pupil support in Scotland should look like

...pupil support in Scotland should look like 18 May 2022 Children in Scotland is working with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to build knowledge and influence practice development around support for young people with additional...

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Exams aren’t everything. Every pupil, and every pupil’s journey, matters

...of success. Exams are typically used to form a gateway to the next stage of higher or further Education. Exam results may play an important role in identifying the aptitude of pupils to gain entry to college or university. But they have also...



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A child-centred approach to resolving conflict in Education

... Our work Services Resolve A child-centred approach to resolving conflict in Education What is mediation in Education? By law, under The Education (Additional Support for Learning Scotland) Act 2004/09), local Education authorities...


Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2022: What's next?

...calls to action. Topics covered include: Children’s rights, engagement and participation Education and wellbeing Mental health Disability inclusion Supporting children in their early years Climate justice and sustainability We’re...



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Inclusive Education should be more than just an aspiration
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...Inclusive Education should be more than just an aspiration We need to better empower and equip schools to support children with additional support needs - and the new review of implementation offers hope, writes Sally Cavers The Scottish...


Call 6: Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of Education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up'
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... Call 6: Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of Education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up' By Elaine Kerridge Child rights and wellbeing must be at the heart of Education in Scotland and...


News: Education Recovery plan is a missed opportunity, say teaching unions
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... Magazine / News: Education Recovery plan misses the mark say teaching unions Posted 6 Oct, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing The Scottish Government’s plans to...

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National Theatre of Scotland launch new digital Education portal
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... Magazine / News: National Theatre of Scotland launches new digital Education portal Posted 27 Aug 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Arts Education The new Educational channel will include resources to support teachers and...

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News: First LGBT-inclusive Education resources launched
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... Magazine / News: World's first LGBT-inclusive Education resources Posted 24 Sept, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Education equality LGBT Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed lesbian, gay,...

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Call 18: Take the next step in participation and food Education: give communities the keys to school kitchens
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... Call 18: Take the next step in participation and food Education: give communities the keys to school kitchens By Donna Borokinni I've been working in the Glasgow community since 2005 and over the last five years I've observed food poverty...


Q&A with James McEnaney: Mind the gap
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...Scottish schools and the attainment gap Posted 1 February 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education Inequality Poverty schools Ahead of his webinar for Children in Scotland, former teacher, journalist and author James...

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Refreshed Professional Standards for Scotland's teachers
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...Standards for Scotland’s teachers Posted on 25 Aug 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Education New Professional Standards for Teachers have now been enacted, including a greater focus on equality and diversity, additional...

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The diversity of our pupils needs to be celebrated
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...our pupils must be celebrated Posted on 25 Aug 2021 by Jennifer Drummond diversity Education inclusion Assets which celebrate multiculturalism must be included in the framework of Scottish Education and delivered in the...

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Programme for Government fails to commit to increasing Scottish Child Payment
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...Child Payment Posted 8 Sept, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Education Mental Health Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented the legislative agenda and funding priorities of her...

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News: New Members Bill to give legal right to transition support
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...by Jennifer Drummond. Main image: Phil Wilkinson Additional support ASL ASN Education transitions New proposed legislation has been lodged with the Scottish Parliament to secure the statutory right to a transition...

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News: Scottish Government reveals plans to overhaul Scottish Attainment Challenge funding
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...Scottish Attainment Challenge funding revealed Posted 24 Nov, 2021 by Nina Joynson Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament The Scottish Government has announced plans to overhaul the next phase of the £1bn Scottish...

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News: Scottish Government criticised on lack of ventilation strategy for schools
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...strategy into action in schools Posted 2 December, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Covid-19 Education Concerns over a lack of sustainable options for improving clean air flow in schools has led to calls for the Scottish Government to commit...

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Comment: The national policy on Standardised Testing is failing pupils and teachers alike
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...Testing is failing pupils and teachers' Posted 25 January, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education The Scottish National Standardised Assessments don't read well or add up, writes Andrea Bradley (pictured) It was recently revealed the...

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News: High absence levels and ventilation issues as school term starts
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...ventilation issues as term starts Posted 11 Jan, 2022 by Nina Joynson coronavirus Education health and wellbeing schools As children return to classrooms, schools are experiencing high levels of teacher and pupil...

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News: Computing Science gets a boost in Scottish schools
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...9 February 2022, by Nina Joynson Curriculum for Excellence digital Education funding Scottish Government technology Computing Science in schools will benefit from government funding and a new...

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"There have been too many promises of change, followed by a failure to act"
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...missing school, for whatever reason, are still given the opportunity to learn. We recommended that Education Scotland commit to improve current digital Educational resources to support the remote teaching of Curriculum for Excellence, including...

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Q&A with Susie Heywood: Tackling gender stereotypes
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...self-esteem, participation in sports, body image and disordered eating. Other areas like poverty, Educational attainment, career destinations, mental health and others are all relevant to these gendered ideas and pressures too. It can be argued...

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Comment: We need to embed early interventions and mental health support in all schools across Scotland
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...schools to become mentally healthy places to be Posted 11 February, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education Mental Health First launched in 2015, Children’s Mental Health Week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young...

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News: Report reveals ongoing lack of diversity in teaching profession
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...diversity in teaching profession Posted 31 May, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond diversity Education Scottish Government Scottish Schools The second annual data report into diversity in the teaching profession has revealed...

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News: See Me launches new mental health campaign for schools
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...health approach, as stigma and issues rise Posted 14 June, 2022 by Nina Joynson Education health and wellbeing Mental Health Scottish Schools A charity has launched new resources for secondary schools...

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Comment:‘We all have a story worth sharing and celebrating’
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...been meeting since November 2021 to discuss the issues that matter to young people, from access to Education, Home Office procedures, health and many more. Policy progress This Refugee Week, we’ve seen several headlines about the UK’s responses...

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News: Consultation on physical intervention in schools opened
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...on physical intervention in schools launched Posted 22 June, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education human rights rights Views are being sought on new guidance relating to physical intervention and restraint in schools....

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News: Councils urged to keep ASN on the agenda
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... Posted 10 May 2022, by Jennifer Drummond additional support for learning ASN Education Following the Scottish local council elections last week, the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) has urged for a...

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Comment: Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated
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...Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated Posted 3 March 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education literacy reading World Book Day As children across the country celebrate World Book Day, Abi Baross (pictured)...

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News: Young people present key issues to Scottish Cabinet
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...from Children in Scotland event, September 2018. Children's rights climate change Education environment equality Health LGBT Mental Health UNCRC Young people across Scotland met today with the...

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News: Accelerate free school meal provision, says STUC
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...meal provision, says STUC Posted 22 April 2022, by Jennifer Drummond child poverty Education free school meals Poverty As pupils return to the classroom after the Easter break, trade union leaders have called for...

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News: SQA comes under fire for new revision materials
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...fire for new revision materials Posted 9 March 2022, by Nina Joynson Covid-19 Education Education reform exams Scottish Schools SQA There are revived calls for the SQA to be replaced as the authority...

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News: New project to tackle racism in schools
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...tackle racism in schools Posted 25 February, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond. anti-racism Education racism A new project will support young people to lead a campaign of change, embedding race equality and anti-racism within the...

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News: Young carers running on empty, says leading charity
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...running on empty, says leading charity Posted 16 March 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education health and wellbeing kinship care Mental Health young carers The Carers Trust has highlighted how a lack of...

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News: 500 new BSL signs added to make tech sector more inclusive
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...inclusive tech sector Posted 30 March 2022, by Nina Joynson accessibility BSL Education inclusion technology More than 500 British Sign Language signs have been created for terms related to digital technology...

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News: Thousands of books donated to families in Scotland
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...donated to families in Scotland Posted 6 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Early years Education Families reading More than 2,500 books have been donated to families supported by Home-Start Scotland to encourage...

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News: Schools face new disruption as exams approach
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...to learning as exams approach Posted 22 March 2022, by Nina Joynson Covid-19 Education exams SQA A new spike in Covid cases has forced councils to consider a return to remote learning as teaching absences...

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