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  1. Summary statistics for attainment and initial leaver destinations, no. 6: 2024 edition

    This statistical publication provides information on the educational attainment and initial destinations of 2022-23 school leavers from publicly funded schools in Scotland.

  2. Scotland's international education strategy

    Scotland’s International Education Strategy sets out a framework to cement Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in education, research and knowledge exchange, working with universities and colleges to attract students and staff from outside the UK.

  3. Teacher qualification in further education - draft guidance and general determination: consultation

    We are seeking views on the proposed guidance document and general determination for the further education teaching programme.

  4. Special Support Payment: equality impact assessment

    This equality impact assessment (EQIA) considers the impact on full-time higher education students following the introduction of a Special Support Loan to the main undergraduate and postgraduate funding packages.

  5. Further or higher education - student financial support for asylum seekers: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the provision of support for young unaccompanied asylum seekers and children of asylum seekers wishing to undertake a course of further or higher education in Scotland.

  6. Student financial support - relevant connection to Scotland: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for access to home fee status/ student financial support in relation to those considered to have a Relevant Connection to Scotland.

  7. Ukrainian nationals resettled in the UK - student support eligibility criteria date restriction: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for applying a relevant date restriction to student support eligibility criteria for Ukrainian nationals resettled in the UK.

  8. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  9. Scottish Languages Bill: Fairer Scotland Duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Summary for the Scottish Languages Bill. This is legislation to advance the status of, and provision for, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

  10. Scottish Languages Bill: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the Scottish Languages Bill. This is legislation to advance the status of, and provision for, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

  11. Education: National Improvement Framework and improvement plan 2024

    Sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education that have been agreed across the system, and the national improvement activity that needs to be undertaken to help deliver those key priorities.

  12. UK Employer Skills Survey 2022 – Scotland Report

    Publication of Scotland results from the UK Employer Skills Survey 2022.

  13. Òrdugh Colaiste a' Chaisteil (Gluasad & Dùnadh) 2023: Measadh Buaidh air Coimhearsnachdan nan Eilean (ICIA)

    Measadh Buaidh air Coimhearsnachdan nan Eilean a rinneadh a thaobh a’ mholaidh gus Colaiste a’ Chaisteil is Colaiste Ceann a Tuath na Gàidhealtachd a chur còmhla.

  14. Education - tuition fee and living cost support residency criteria change: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) results for changes to the residency eligibility criteria for access to tuition fee and living cost support for those considered to have a relevant connection to Scotland.

  15. Education - asylum seekers tuition fee rate and support eligibility change: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) summary for changes to the eligibility criteria for access to the home tuition fee rate and tuition fee support for young unaccompanied asylum seekers and children of asylum seekers.

  16. Ukrainian nationals resettled in the UK - student support eligibility criteria: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) summary relating to the application of the relevant date provision to the student eligibility criteria for Ukrainian nationals resettled in the UK.

  17. Education Bill provisions: consultation

    A consultation on a new national qualifications body and a new approach to inspection of education in Scotland, including elements of the proposed Education Bill.

  18. UHI Rural and Islands College merger proposal: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) carried out for the proposal to merge Lews Castle College with North Highland College.

  19. The Lews Castle College (Transfer & Closure) Order 2023: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) carried out for the proposal to merge Lews Castle College with North Highland College.

  20. The Lews Castle College (Transfer & Closure) Order 2023: Fairer Scotland Duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment carried out for the proposal to merge Lews Castle College with North Highland College.

  21. UHI Rural and Islands College merger proposal: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our consultation which was conducted to canvas views on the proposal to merge Lews Castle College with North Highland College.

  22. UHI Rural and Islands College merger proposal: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) carried out for the proposal to merge Lews Castle College with North Highland College as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

  23. UHI Rural and Islands College merger proposal: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) carried out for the proposal to merge Lews Castle College with North Highland College as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

  24. National Transition Training Fund (NTTF): year two report

    Summarises the outcomes from year two delivery of 33 National Transition Training Fund projects funded by the Scottish Government from April 2021 to August 2022.

  25. Taking Stock: report on progress towards a cyber resilient Scotland

    Our vision is for Scotland to be a cyber resilient nation. This report reviews strategic activities since 2015 to improve the cyber resilience of Scotland’s citizens and our public, private and third sectors, while also setting out priorities for the future.

  26. Support for the Veterans and Armed Forces Community 2023

    This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

  27. Exam results support for pupils

    Advice on next steps.

  28. Education Maintenance Allowances 2021-22

    Statistics on Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) recipients and payments made in 2021-2022.

  29. Addition of trade union nominees to the boards of college institutions: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our consultation on the “Addition of trade union nominees to the boards of college institutions” which ran from 1 December 2022 to 27 January 2023.

  30. National Islands Plan review: consultation

    We are consulting on a review of the National Islands Plan, published in 2019. This review is required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. We are seeking views on the impact and content of the current National Islands Plan.

  31. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2023

    Details how we will deliver on the commitments in the National Islands Plan, over the coming year.

  32. Summer support for students: review

    We recognise the need to deliver a long-term sustainable solution for supporting students over the summer months. This report details interim recommendations, progress to date and the next steps to achieving our long term goal of tackling inequality.

  33. Post-school education, research and skills - purpose and principles

    The Purpose and Principles, Initial Priorities and supporting documents set out the framework for decision making for post-school education, skills and research to ensure the system is fit for the future, delivering the best outcomes for learners, employers and the public investment we make.

  34. Post-school education and skills

    Key reforms and actions announced.

  35. Learning for sustainability: action plan 2023 to 2030 - Gaelic translation

    Scotland's learning for sustainability action plan 2023 to 2030 "Target 2030: A movement for people, planet and prosperity " aims to build an inspiring movement for change so every 3 to 18 place of education becomes a sustainable learning setting by 2030.

  36. Learning for sustainability: action plan 2023 to 2030

    Scotland's learning for sustainability action plan 2023 to 2030 "Target 2030: A movement for people, planet and prosperity " aims to build an inspiring movement for change so every 3 to 18 place of education becomes a sustainable learning setting by 2030.

  37. Fit for the Future: developing a post-school learning system to fuel economic transformation

    Report of Independent Review of the Skills Delivery Landscape provided to Scottish Ministers by James Withers. The Review considered skills functions and remits of Scotland's national public bodies, making 15 recommendations for future adaptations to support the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

  38. Scottish Languages Bill (Gaelic) - Gaelic and Scots commitments: consultation analysis

    'S e an sgrìobhann seo mìneachadh bho thaobh muigh an Riaghaltais den cho-chomhairleachadh a chaidh a chumail air Gàidhlig, Albais is Bile nan Cànan Albannach.

  39. Scottish Languages Bill (Scots version) - Gaelic and Scots commitments: consultation analysis

    External analysis o responses submittit tae the Scots Government's consultation on Gaelic, Scots and a Scots Languages Bill.

  40. National discussion on education: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the National Discussion on Education.

  41. National discussion on education: island communities impact assessment screening

    Island communities impact assessment screening for the National Discussion on Education.

  42. National discussion on education: Fairer Scotland duty assessment summary

    The Fairer Scotland Duty assessment of the National Discussion on Education.

  43. All Learners in Scotland Matter - national discussion on education: summary report

    A summary of the final report of the National Discussion on Education.

  44. All Learners in Scotland Matter - national discussion on education: easy read

    An easy read version of the summary report of the National Discussion on Education.

  45. Further and higher education - residency criteria for access to financial support: consultation analysis

    Our response to a 2023 consultation on the financial support residency conditions across Further and Higher Education. It includes information on the changes being made to the residency eligibility criteria.

  46. Student support

    Changes to residency conditions to be introduced for 2023-24 academic year.

  47. Evacuated UK nationals from Afghanistan - residency criteria changes: equality impact assessment - summary

    Summary equality impact assessment (EQIA) for changes to the residency criteria for access to tuition fee and living cost support for evacuated UK nationals from Afghanistan as part of Operation Pitting.

  48. Evacuated UK nationals from Afghanistan - residency criteria changes: equality impact assessment

    Change to the residency criteria for access to tuition fee and living cost support for UK nationals and their family members who have fled Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion and arrived in the UK.

  49. Public procurement strategy: 2023 to 2028

    The first Public Procurement Strategy for Scotland provides a future high-level vision and roadmap for Scottish public procurement which all public sector bodies can align to and deliver against.

  50. Qualifications and Assessment Review: consultation analysis

    This is an independent report by The Lines Between. It was commissioned by Scottish Government on behalf of Professor Louise Hayward as part of the independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment. The report contains an analysis of the responses received to the Phase Two public consultation.

  51. Welcome to Scotland: a guide for Service personnel and their families - updated 2023

    Welcome to Scotland is a guide to support service personnel and their families upon their move to Scotland. Due to the moving nature of service personnel and their families they can be transferred to different bases. This booklet gives key information on what to expect when moving to Scotland.

  52. National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

  53. Higher Education student support package increase: equality impact assessment

    The equality impact assessment (EQIA) considered the impact of the increase to the Higher Education package of support from £8,100 to £9,000. It identified that in general the increase is seen as a positive change as it encourages students in Scotland to enter and remain in higher education.

  54. Increased support for students

    Uplift in bursaries and loan packages.

  55. Young Person's Guarantee: update report March 2023

    The report highlights progress over the 2 years of the Young Person’s Guarantee and also sets out the direction of travel going forward.

  56. Pregnancy and parenthood while you are in school or education: leaflet

    Every pregnant young women, young parent-to-be, and young parent should be supported to stay in education. This leaflet provides basic information to young people about how their school or college will support them to make decisions about their education during pregnancy or parenthood.

  57. Transitions to adulthood for disabled young people: literature review

    A literature review, commissioned by the Scottish Government, of existing Scottish, UK and International evidence on the experiences faced by disabled young people during their transition to adulthood. The review also explores best practice in supporting disabled young people during this time.

  58. Transitions to adulthood for disabled young people: literature review - easy read

    Easy read version of the literature review, commissioned by the Scottish Government, of existing research and evidence on disabled young people’s experiences of transitions to adulthood.

  59. Rural and Islands College Merger proposal: consultation

    We are seeking views on a proposal put forward by the boards of management of North Highland College (UHI North Highland), West Highland College (UHI West Highland) and Lews Castle College (UHI Outer Hebrides) to merge into a single, incorporated college.

  60. Further and Higher Education financial support - changes to residency criteria: consultation

    A consultation on proposed changes to the residency conditions that enable Further and Higher Education students to access financial support in order to undertake Further and Higher Education.

  61. Commission for the land-based learning review: report to Scottish Ministers

    The report produced by the Commission, a short term advisory group established to provide independent, evidence-based advice and submitted to Scottish Ministers on how to attract more people into land-based and aquaculture sectors by improving learning pathways.

  62. National Mission to close attainment gap

    Scotland's councils set out ambitions to help young people succeed.

  63. Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

    Views sought on reform.

  64. Investing in Scotland’s workforce

    Up to £15,000 for eligible businesses.

  65. STEM education and training strategy - refresh: annual report

    Annual report of progress on delivery of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and training strategy. Sets out a range of actions by education and other stakeholders under each of the four themes of the strategy.

  66. Free tuition for displaced Ukrainian students

    Costs covered from start of academic year.

  67. New national education bodies

    Reforms to support learners and teachers.

  68. Cost of living support

    Financial lifeline for students.

  69. Young Scots work promise

    £70 million investment in youth employment.

  70. Support for students impacted by COVID-19

    £20 million of additional funding.

  71. Expanding the national vaccination programme

    Roll-out to include international students.

  72. Education recovery: next steps

    SQA and Education Scotland to be reformed.

  73. Support for international students

    Rules relaxed to help those needing financial support.

  74. Focus on completing courses

    Group meets to consider ways to support students.

  75. Support for students in hardship

    £30 million of additional funding.  

  76. Erasmus+ exchange programme

    Joint statement confirms work will continue to secure the benefits of programme.

  77. College and university returns postponed

    Changes reflect current status of coronavirus, reality of new strain, and rise in cases in recent weeks.

  78. Financial support for students

    Extra £5 million to help those facing hardship.

  79. Extra funding for student associations

    £750,000 to assist with more welfare advice on campuses.

  80. Staggered return to campus for university students

    Further COVID testing before restart of new term.

  81. Community learning and development plans: guidance - 2021 to 2024

    Guidance document setting out our expectations for education authorities and their partners when meeting duties in community learning and development (CLD) planning for 2021 to 2024 as per The Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations 2013.

  82. Residential outdoor education centres fund opens

    £2 million package of support.

  83. Helping students home at the end of term

    Plans to support students to return safely.

  84. Help for residential outdoor education centres

    £2 million package of support.

  85. Embracing global citizenship

    Survey reflects pupils’ positive attitudes and respect for others.

  86. SQA awards 2021

    Plans for Highers to go ahead; National 5 exams replaced.

  87. Supporting education staff

    COVID-19 antibody survey.

  88. Support for self-isolating students

    Minister says physical and mental wellbeing the priority

  89. Student accommodation guidance on visits home

    Students encouraged to stay on campus.

  90. Boost for Scottish youth work

    New fund to help education recovery from COVID-19.

  91. Health guidance for students

    Clinicians outline when to seek a COVID-19 test.

  92. Safe return to campuses

    Updated guidance for colleges, universities and student accommodation.

  93. Support for 178,180 students tops £1 billion

    Non-repayable bursaries and grants rise 13.4%.

  94. Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2019-2020

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  95. SQA results

    Downgraded results scrapped; qualifications to be based on teacher judgement.

  96. Results Day

    138,000 learners receive their results.

  97. Funding boost for science centres

    Extra £2m to mitigate the impact of  COVID-19.

  98. Update on HE and FE support

    New EU students to start paying for Scottish places from 2021/22

  99. Promoting skills and employment

    Expert report welcomed.

  100. Safe return to college and university

    Guidance maps out full reopening of Scottish campuses.  

  101. School leaver destinations

    Proportion of young people in work, training or further study remains high.

  102. School leaver follow-up destinations

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  103. Summer support for students

    Earlier financial help for those facing hardship.

  104. Review of further and higher education support

    Scottish Funding Council to consider its model in light of COVID-19.

  105. Colleges and universities preparing for phased return

    Minister reiterates message, Scottish institutions open for business.

  106. Reassurance for students during coronavirus outbreak

    Extra time for prospective students to decide.

  107. Extra hardship payments for students

    Emergency funds offered during coronavirus outbreak.

  108. Update on school closures and exams

    Exams will not go ahead, teaching, learning and support can continue with local flexibility.

  109. Reducing inequity in STEM subjects

    Inspiring people of all ages to upskill and tackle the global climate emergency.

  110. Coronavirus guidance issued for education providers

    Specific advice for students and staff.

  111. Better access to learning

    Digital hubs launched across South of Scotland.

  112. Minister meets Erasmus+ exchange students in Aberdeen

    Efforts to be stepped up to protect further and higher education after Brexit.

  113. New research to focus on estranged students

    Government to work with leading charity on identifying key facts and issues.

  114. Colleges exceed Government student number targets

    Minister welcomes figures which shows more learning opportunities for all.

  115. Indian alumni to help promote studying in Scotland

    Government launches major push to nurture connections across India.

  116. Plan to improve college attainment levels

    New Hub to cut college dropout rate.

  117. More mental health support for students

    Funding to appoint counsellors in colleges and universities.

  118. More money going to more students from SAAS

    £981.5 million worth of support given to 178,810 students.

  119. Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2018-2019

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  120. More college leavers heading straight into work

    New paths into employment bearing fruit.

  121. Improving access to education for care-experienced students

    Upper age limit of bursary will be removed.

  122. Sanitary products anniversary

    Millions of free period products delivered.

  123. Response to UK Government announcement of new immigration route for international students

    Minister for Further and Higher Education Richard Lochhead responds to UK Government announcement of new immigration route for international students.

  124. Agreement on immigration changes for Scottish higher education

    Parliament calls on UK Government to extend leave to remain and reintroduce post-study work visa.

  125. Student funding in further education

    Research into the financial behaviour of further education students in Scotland, exploring demand for and potential impact of student loans amongst this group.

  126. Doubts over Erasmus+ after EU exit

    Concern that UK Government could consider international exchange programme for England only.

  127. Education Maintenance Allowances 2017-18

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  128. Support for students after EU exit

    Funding available to 'UK Returners' for seven years.

  129. Access to financial support for students expanded

    New funding for postgraduate studies.

  130. More support for student wellbeing

    Mental health services at colleges and universities.

  131. Colleges exceeding targets

    Higher attainment among groups with barriers to learning.

  132. More financial help for students

    Increase to student bursaries and loan repayment threshold.

  133. Personalised online careers support for all pupils

    Recommendations of Learner Journey Review published.

  134. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus

    New toolkit to address gender-based violence in universities and colleges.

  135. Final chance to submit 2017-18 SAAS applications

    Issued on behalf of the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

  136. Quality and equality improve in colleges

    Latest figures for 2016-17 published by Scottish Funding Council.

  137. STEM Strategy: key performance indicators

    Sets out the key performance indicators that will be used to measure and monitor progress with delivery of our STEM Education and Training Strategy.

  138. Scotland’s Budget

    Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy.

  139. Independent review of student support

    Minister thanks Review Group for their report.

  140. Flexible Workforce Development Fund

    £10 million to deliver in-work training.

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