Tag Archives: Community Learning and Development

Understanding Glasgow

GCPH new report, Glasgow: health in a changing city looks in detail at how health and life expectancy are changing in Glasgow and each of its 56 neighbourhoods, and the links to the changes over the last 20 years to the city’s population, housing, environmental and socioeconomic circumstances.

Understanding Glasgow sets out to describe life circumstances and health in the city. Here you will find key indicators, showing trends and comparisons within the city and with other cities.




Dumfries and Galloway Council Resilience Team


In June 2015, Dumfries and Galloway Council resilience team hosted an event in partnership with Moffat Academy to increase the resilience of the community.  Children from the school as well as parents, teachers and members of the community turned out and took part in exercises that would increase their resilience in a range of challenging situations. There were demonstrations from the local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Mountain Rescue, Police Scotland as well as NHS Dumfries and Galloway. 

This is an example of a local authority responding to Scottish Government guidance around engaging with communities to develop a shared understanding of the risks they face.

By promoting community resilience in schools we will be preparing young people and their families to be better placed to look after themselves in the event of an emergency.  Community resilience gives young people the opportunity to show leadership and decision making.

It could also be a way for schools to engage with the Developing the Young Workforce agenda as it gives an employer an opportunity to engage with a school as well as giving children and young people an opportunity to find out about skills needed for different occupations.

If this is something you would like to promote in your own community contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for more information.

Family Learning at UNESCO International Literacy Day 2015

Making rockets!
Making rockets!
UNESCO International Literacy Day 8th September 2015

UNESCO International Literacy Day has been celebrated for over a decade. This year the theme is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. There will be a large range of partners coming together to share the diverse range of approaches used in Scotland to cultivating literacy skills and to explore science as a context for developing literacy skills for all. Family learning will be featured as an approach to engaging families with children from an early age to develop literacy skills through inspiring and fun experiments!

Following the success of last year’s network of networks’ celebration of UNESCO International Literacy Day in the Emirates Arena we invite you to join us on Tuesday September 8th at Glasgow Science Centre from 10.00am until 3.30pm.

This year’s theme is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. See the UNESCO info graphic about Literacy and Sustainable Development

Our keynote speakers are Dr Alasdair Allan Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and Heather Reid OBE CPhys, FinstP (Heather the Weather).

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a morning and an afternoon seminar as well as to explore the science centre. Further details will follow.

Places are limited so register here now.

The workshop, delivered in partnership with Dundee Adult Learning Team, will highlight everyday activities that families can do with materials found around the home that will support a love for sciences and increase literacy and numeracy skills.

Join us at International Literacy Day 2015 in the Glasgow Science Centre for the workshop “Babble and Dabble”!

Adult learning in Scotland – Statement of Ambition

Education Scotland is pleased to present Adult Learning in Scotland, a Statement of Ambition. Developed in partnership with the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning, it takes account of the views of adult learners.

The agreed aspiration is that Scotland becomes the best place to learn. The Statement has three core principles, that adult learning should be:
•learner centred.

As such it recognises the key and distinctive role that adult learning plays in helping to develop the person, the family, communities and society.

Next steps in achieving this ambition will be to work with a task group to put in place a strategic implementation plan by autumn 2014.

The National Youth Work Strategy and Adult Learning in Scotland, a Statement of Ambition will both be instrumental in improving life chances for all.