Category Archives: Education

Time for Inclusive Education

Stonewall Scotland have realised their new state of the national report LGBT in Scotland: Hate Crime and Discrimination. The report reveals the high levels of hate crime and discrimination LGBT people in Scotland face on a daily basis such as; … Continue reading

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Exam Results Helpline

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a *free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents. The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 … Continue reading

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Last week I visited Martin Aerospace Ltd based in Lanark with Cllr Catherine McClymont as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Martin Aerospace manufactures and supply components for the aerospace industry employing 75 people along with 8 apprentices. We met with … Continue reading

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Labour’s plan – invest in the future and stop council cuts

This morning Kezia Dugdale announced our  bold plan to avoid SNP cuts to local budgets and invest in the future. Here’s a clear explanation to see how it will affect you: Here is what we want to do:  Kezia Dugdale will … Continue reading

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152,000 fewer students in colleges 

Under the SNP there are 152,000 fewer students in our colleges today. This statistic is uncomfortable in itself but more so when the people who have been most affected are women returners, second chance learners, people retraining and people with … Continue reading

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Our Environment: young people tackling environmental issues

Last week I joined young people from across the country to the event showcasing the winners of the Our Environment 2015 competition. The competition aims to engage young people in tackling environmental problems, and it was a pleasure to see … Continue reading

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UNISON report shows college staff have serious concerns

Last week UNISON published a report detailing the problems Scottish colleges face due to the funding cuts and the college mergers programme. Entitled “Learning the Hard Way,” the report analyses findings from a survey of further education members of staff. Since … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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EIS rally calls for more college support

Last week I joined the Educational Institute of Scotland – Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) in their rally of the Scottish Parliament. The rally called for better funding for Scottish colleges, and to realise the importance of the Further Education … Continue reading

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Read On, Get On – Save the Children

Ahead of the Christmas recess, representatives of Save the Children came into Parliament to highlight their new campaign – Read On, Get On. The campaign is backed by a report setting out a mission to ensure that all children in Scotland are reading … Continue reading

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