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Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney.

New powers for schools

Sweeping new powers for schools have been announced by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Mr Swinney announced reforms to put schools in charge of key decisions about a child’s education, including:

  • Responsibility for raising attainment and closing the poverty-related gap in their school
  • Choosing school staff and management structure
  • Deciding curriculum content, within a broad national framework
  • Directly controlling more school funding, with a consultation on fair funding launched today

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Call for women in tech to sign up as role models for girls:
The Digital Technologies Skills Group in partnership with Girl Geek Scotland are seeking young women who have chosen to study, work in and enjoy technology to volunteer as role models and mentors for school age girls.

Education Technology – Blended Learning, the best of both
Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador, discusses blended learning and how it combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction. Natalie’s current role is to train teachers across Scotland and the North of England to use technology in their classrooms. 

BAFTA Announces Finalists for Young Game Designers Awards
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the finalists in a nation-wide competition to find the game designers of the future, and the educators who inspire them. The winners, chosen by a panel of games professionals, will be revealed at a special awards ceremony in London.

Digital Xtra Fund on the hunt for inspiring digital initiatives for young people
A total of £50,000 will be available for projects that inspire young people by taking digital skills out of the classroom and teaching concepts like computational thinking, coding, digital making, or data science in a fun environment.

Glow Announcement: Glow Authentication and Portal Services Contract Awarded
Following a competitive procurement exercise, RM Education Ltd has been selected by Education Scotland to continue to deliver Glow Authentication and Portal Services.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE
DigiExam is a Swedish company that has set out to digitize academic exams. Bragging of 857,548
exams completed and 10.3 million pieces of paper saved, the company was founded with the resoning that “it makes no sense to write by hand when everything else we do is digital”. READ MORE

Mearns Primary wins top prize at SCDI’s annual STEM celebration:
The event was held at Glasgow Science Centre and was run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) – a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). Partnering with the event were Chevron, Lloyd’s Register, OPITO and the Royal Navy.

Glasgow schoolgirls lead the way with STEM subjects
SmartSTEMs is working alongside Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the University of Strathclyde, to offer more than 750 girls across the city the chance to learn about the benefits of STEM careers.

Scottish Education Awards celebrate school and teacher excellence
The award for Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics went to Port Ellen Primary School, who travelled from Islay to attend the event.

Final Benchmarks for literacy and English, and numeracy and mathematics now available
A wide range of stakeholders provided feedback based on their engagement with the Benchmarks to inform their professional judgement of achievement of a level.