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Information Bulletin - March 2014

Adult Learning Statement of Ambition

In March 2013 Newbattle Abbey College hosted a national adult learning conference. The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning gave the keynote address at the event, and following this conference a National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning was established.  This cross-sectoral Forum is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and has produced a Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning in Scotland. The Statement of Ambition will be underpinned by an action plan which will be informed through consultation with key stakeholders across Scotland. Further information can be found on the Education Scotland website.

NB Please note that the ALG is providing a feedback response from Glasgow on the draft statement.

Indyref Guidance for Charities

With the Referendum on Scottish Independence fast approaching, OSCR and the Carnegie Trust have provided some really useful information for charities on the do's and don'ts of engaging with the debate. The OSCR guidance can be found here and the Carnegie Trusts 10 Steps to the Indyref can be found here.

Scotland sees bigger fall in child poverty

Child poverty fell in Scotland by 9.9% in the decade to 2012, compared with 5.7% in England, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reported. » Find more information and download the report here.

Court of Appeal decision on ‘bedroom tax' challenge

On 21 February 2014, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Government's new housing benefit regulations are lawful.


2014 Spirit of the Community Awards             

The Clydesdale Bank has launched its 2014 Spirit of the Community Awards.  The awards are open to groups promoting access to financial education and helping to up-skill people for the workplace. There will be an overall winning group in each of the three categories, which will secure £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended that will each be awarded £5,000.


Creative Conversation - Post 16 Transitions

Date; 21 March 2014 Venue; Kilwinning College Campus

Education Scotland's Community Learning and Development (CLD) Policy and Improvement team are working in partnership with the CLD sector and wider stakeholders to deliver a series of short 'Creative Conversations' on key areas of current policy reform which have an impact on CLD partners. This conversation will focus on how partnerships support Post-16 transitions and Opportunities for All. It will also consider how 16+ reform impacts on this area of work. The event is free to attend. To book your place - please email Fraser MacKay.

A Celebration of Food Culture across the Commonwealth

Date; 22 March 2014 (9.30-3.30) Venue; Tollcross International Swimming Centre

Education Scotland are inviting Early Years, Primary and Community Learning Development practitioners to experience the diversity of Scottish cuisine in today's multicultural society. For more information regarding this free event, please see flyer here.

Without Walls: The Outdoor Classroom         

Date; 16-18 June 2014      Venue; The Well Road Centre Moffat

Never tried outdoor learning?  College Development Network, John Muir Award, The Outward Bound Trust and Youth Scotland invite you to break out into the most exhilarating, imaginative, thought-provoking environment that you will ever experience.  Priority will be given to those who do not have experience of outdoor learning.  In keeping with the philosophy of The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas, they we will be looking for a mix of participants from education providers. Cost: £100 per person - covers accommodation, food and outdoor learning experiences. Please email Kelly Fitzpatrick with a short piece (200 words) describing what you would hope to get out of this residential, and clarifying what your role and work setting is by Friday 28 March 2014


State of Caring Survey 2014
Carers UK's landmark annual survey is now open - let them know the impact that caring has had on your life -


New award supports legacy commitments

Students selected for roles at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - as part of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) - will be offered the opportunity to study for a newly validated Professional Development Award (PDA) in Outside Broadcasting in a Multi-amera Production.

The new qualification is aimed primarily at students studying HND Creative Industries Television and related courses, but will also be suitable for University students and freelancers looking to up skill in outside broadcasting and multi camera production skills.

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