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Information Bulletin - January 2016

New strategy to improve services for looked after children
The Children's Minister Aileen Campbell has announced new plans for looked after children which will aim to improve services and help ensure every child has a
permanent home. » Read more about the new strategy here.

OECD passes judgement on Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence
Achievement in Scottish schools is above international averages - but the gap is narrowing, a review has found. See for full article.

EAEA - Manifesto on Adult Learning
EAEA has published 'Manifesto for Adult Learning in the 21st Century'. It sets objectives for creating a Learning Europe: a Europe that is able to tackle the
future positively and with all necessary skills, knowledge and competences. The Manifesto is targeted at European, national and regional policy makers to learn
about the benefits of adult learning. It can also be useful for European education providers in advocacy work. The manifesto can be found at:

University of Glasgow Interim Report - Commission on Widening Access to HE in Scotland
The interim report of the Commission on Widening Access to HE in Scotland has recently been published together with a summary of evidence submitted. A surprising element was that there is no reference to adult learning and second chance education in the report, however, some of the issues that were raised and submitted are documented in the summary of evidence. To view the full report -

Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives
The University of Glasgow's School of Education has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes for literacy research and practice in the United States. They won the award for a book which investigated how picture books can support the literacy skills of immigrant children and help them reflect on their own and others' experiences of migration. Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives, co-authored by Dr Evelyn Arizpe in Glasgow, Professor Teresa Colomer in Spain,
and Dr Carmen Martínez-Roldán in the USA, won the Edward B. Fry award from the Literacy Research Association of the United States.

12 million for families and communities
Charities supporting children, families and adult learning have been awarded £12 million the Children's Minister has announced. The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund allocations are for 2016-17. Read more here.

Criminal Justice

Social enterprise hires 50 ex- offenders
New firm aims to give former offenders a chance at building a career in construction. Read more

New Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility Advisory Group
An advisory group has been set up by the Scottish Government to consider the policy, legislative and procedural implications of raising the minimum age of
criminal responsibility from 8 to 12. » Find out more here.

Digital Learning

Safe, Secure and Prosperous: A Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland'.
The Scottish Government has recently published its cyber resilience strategy, ‘Safe, Secure and Prosperous: A Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland'. This strategy sets out the actions needed to take to make Scotland a cyber-resilient place to live, work and do business. More information about the resource is available on the Scottish Government website including education resources.


BIG, Scotland, Opens New £250Million Programme
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), Scotland, has opened a new five-year £250 million funding scheme. Between now and 2020 community groups across Scotland can apply for grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help finance projects which are community led or will improve lives. The funding is being made available via
two funding scheme:

"Improving Lives" - Medium (up to £150,000) and large (up to £1 million) grants to help overcome challenges in people's lives and "Community-led Activities" - Grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to help strengthen communities and take local action on the things people care about.
See for full details.


Galleries Scotland Small Project Fund (Scotland)

Any organisation running an accredited museum in Scotland can apply for grants of £500 to £5,000 from the Museums Galleries Scotland Small Project Fund. The
funds can be used for projects that help museums to develop in line with the National Strategy and 25% match funding will be required. Successful applicants
must complete their project and claim their grant within 12 months of award. In all instances accredited museums must be the main beneficiaries of the funding.
There will be 3 rounds of funding in 2016 and the deadline for the next round is the 4th March 2016.


Aye Write!
Date for your Diary - 10-20 March 2016. See website for further details -

Learning for Democracy:  A conversation for the community learning and development sector at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, on Monday 29th February 2016 
If you are interested in political education, please put this date in your diary for 2016.Education Scotland is working with the WEA, Learning Link Scotland, Edinburgh University and others to offer a series of three conversational events in 2016 which will focus on ideas and experiences that can strengthen learning for democracy in CLD practice.  The first conversation will be held in the Scottish Parliament on 29th February.  If you're interested in taking part then please contact Jackie Howie ( Additional information will follow. 

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