The Northern Alliance – striving to embed best practice across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands – was in itself a test of change as the first regional improvement collaborative, before these were fully established across the country in 2017, and is now in the second year of its Phase 3 Regional Improvement Plan. Its workstream priorities remain aligned to the National Improvement Framework (NIF) and have been developed collaboratively with local authority practitioners and national partners. But the way Northern Alliance officers carry out improvement activity has had to change significantly during the last 14 months.
This blog has been shared by Howie Firth, Director of Orkney International Science Festival. The Northern Alliance recognises the importance of STEM learning for children and young people and the benefit of strong links with our industries and communities. The festival will deliver a whole host of opportunities for schools and settings as well as families and individuals to engage with.
The Scottish Improvement Foundation Skills course helps participants to more effectively measure the success of improvements.
“My learning has allowed me greater insight on how to facilitate leadership conversations in a more engaging and effective manner. I am growing in confidence in terms of applying a coaching framework during conversations and am seeing the benefits of listening and coaching skills.”
View new ‘INCLUDE’ guidance co-produced by Northern Alliance practitioners in partnership with young people from Nairn Academy, providing ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Guidance and Self-Evaluation for Educational Settings’.
Engage Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government have commissioned Queen Margaret University to undertake research into Visual Art and Design Education in Scotland.
Learning for Sustainability is a cross-curricular approach which weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning to create coherent, rewarding and transformative learning experiences.
Stornoway Primary School has been accessing ‘Gàidhlig Bheò’ through the National e-Learning offer at e-Sgoil.
The education services of Argyll and Bute Council have been working closely with local outdoor education providers since March 2021 to support children and young people throughout the authority recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.