October 18, 2019

According to the latest figures published by the Scottish Funding Council, 95.9% of students graduating from Ayrshire College went on to a positive leaving destination in 2017/18, up from 94.7% in the previous year. 

  

Of Ayrshire College leavers, 51.0% headed straight into work, higher than the national average of 4...

October 1, 2019

The SNP Government will provide an opportunity for care experienced people to attend college or university.
 
From autumn 2020, more care-experienced students will be eligible for an annual £8,100 a year bursary when the upper age limit of 26 is removed.
 
The Care Experienced Bursary has already had significant uptake, with more than 1,000 high...

September 7, 2019

Approximately 1,000 extra pupil support assistants will be recruited this year to work with children with additional support needs thanks to £15 million of additional funding announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP yesterday.

The funding allows local authorities to expand on the 13,636 pupil support assistants already working in Scotland’...

July 26, 2019

Care-experienced people who meet minimum entry requirements will be guaranteed an offer of an undergraduate place at university, under a new commitment announced by Scotland’s universities.

This bold, sector-wide move will be in place for the next admissions cycle, starting this Autumn for people looking to start university in Autumn 2020 and is...

July 9, 2019

Latest recruitment figures show that training places in the speciality areas of clinical radiology, paediatrics and general surgery for the two years post-medical school are 100% filled this year.

Foundation training places overall are currently 99% full in Scotland.

Of all medical training posts in Scotland, 89% are currently filled – the highest...

July 2, 2019

More decision-making powers than ever before are now in the hands of schools due to a landmark agreement reached with local authorities.

Changes to create an education system which puts teachers, parents and communities in the driving seat have been implemented, including:

  • Publication of a Headteachers’ Charter to ensure schools have decision-...

June 14, 2019

New analysis released this week by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) shows there has been a 26% increase in the number of teachers under the age of 45 over the last decade.
 
The latest figures confirm that under the SNP Government, an extra 7,016 teachers under 45 are now working in our classrooms, making up over 60% of the S...

June 14, 2019

Scotland will become the UK nation to set maximum limits for consumption of red processed meat over a school week, which will also reduce exposure to harmful nitrites.

The move is part of a new initiative to make school food healthier and increases the amount of fruit and vegetables served, whilst significantly reducing the amount of sugar availa...

June 3, 2019

Opposition parties have admitted that there is greater subject choice for children in schools under the SNP, after weeks of “political point-scoring” from the Tories and Labour on the issue.

During a meeting of the Education and Skills Committee on Wednesday 29 May, Tory education spokesperson Liz Smith claimed that “there is more choice” for you...

May 14, 2019

New analysis released by the SNP Government shows that Scotland has a significantly higher pupil teacher ratio than England or Wales.

Scotland boasts an impressive 7,495 teachers per 100,000 pupils, while England and Wales lag behind with just 5,586 and 5,119 teachers respectively.

Last year the number of teachers working in Scottish schools rose...

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