Technical education – reformed for whose benefit?

by Stacey Dingwall The expansion of grammar schools may not have made it into this year’s delayed and reduced Queen’s Speech but another education policy did – the government’s planned ‘major’ reform of technical education. As Her Majesty set out, the government’s plan is to ensure that people “have the skills they need” for high-skilled, […]

What’s happening in the English education system and how does it compare to Singapore’s system?

by Stacey Dingwall At the end of last year, we looked at the state of the Scottish education system following the publication of some disappointing Pisa results for the country. In this blog, we focus on some of the issues recently highlighted within the English education system, and how the system compares to that of […]

Talking to children about poverty: why education needs to get in on the act

1 in 5 children in poverty Scotland has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK. The latest figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty, with the figure rising to 1 in 3 in the urban centre of Glasgow. With more and […]

What state is the Scottish education system in?

by Stacey Dingwall On Tuesday, the Scottish Government published new statistics on the country’s education system, contained in the evidence report for the National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The report outlines progress made against each of the four priorities set by the Scottish Government in January when it first published the Framework: Improvement in […]

Education Bill scrapped: the local government impact

by Stacey Dingwall This week saw the UK government officially drop plans for the Education Bill it announced during the Queen’s Speech earlier this year. Initially announced by then Chancellor George Osborne during last year’s Autumn Statement, the Bill would have seen all state schools in England removed from local authority control and forced to […]

Why do more girls than boys go on to higher education?

by Stacey Dingwall In February of this year, ministerial guidance was issued to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) on doing more to widen the participation of disadvantaged groups in higher education. This was accompanied by the issuing of new access agreement guidance to universities and colleges which, for the first time, specified that they […]

The myth of the digital native? Young people, education and digital participation in Scotland

Digital participation has been high on Scotland’s political agenda of late. Connectivity featured as a key pledge during the SNP spring conference in March. Meanwhile, both Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter and the UK government digital strategy are looking to engage those people who don’t have access to, or who do not feel confident using, technology. Increasingly, the focus […]

Higher education – widening access or widening inequality?

By Heather Cameron While the government maintains its commitment to widening participation to higher education, newly published government statistics suggest that the gap between private and state pupils is actually widening. Widening gap The statistics show that 85% of school-leavers from English private schools who turned 19 in 2012-13 were in higher education, compared to […]

Brain food: the impact of breakfast on children’s educational attainment

By Stacey Dingwall In the wake of the recession, food poverty and the rising number of foodbanks in the UK have frequently been in the headlines. At the other end of the spectrum, another nutrition-related issue that tends to be picked up on regularly by the media is child obesity. However, in a report released […]

Creative contribution – the value of arts education

By Heather Cameron According to the Creative Industries Council (CIC) it’s “an exciting and pivotal time for the UK’s creative industries”, with recent statistics showing that the sector punches above its weight in terms of the economy, generating £71.4 billion gross value added (GVA) in 2012 – a 9.4 % increase that surpasses the growth […]