“It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright.” These words from a child – from a 2002 Child Protection Audit report, and still referred to in Scottish policy today – reflect the set- up of child protection in Scotland. In short: it’s everyone’s responsibility.
When e-Sgoil, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s digital learning service, launched in 2016, no-one could have predicted how fast it would grow – or how it would be making waves in education not just locally, but internationally, too.
“Idon’t really feel boxed in by any one approach,” says local singer-songwriter
Willie Campbell of his songwriting techniques. “Sometimes on long drives, that’s a good opportunity for melodies or lyrical patterns to come to me, but I don’t have any fixed way of doing it.”
With financial challenges hitting local authorities across the country, councils are having to get creative – and in the Outer Hebrides, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are getting communities involved in finding solutions to those challenges.
After a moving performance of the Gaelic song Eilean Fhraoich by dozens of school pupils singing and playing a multitude of instruments, the audience took to their feet for a standing ovation. The performance at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais in Stornoway on 14th December was the hugely successful culmination of the first stage of Dileab...
Last autumn, when I was asked if I’d be interested in helping create a new website for Lewis writer Donald S. Murray, I immediately said ‘Yes’. I was already familiar with his work... but until I started my research I wasn’t aware just quite how accomplished the former English teacher from Ness is.
Young people in the Western Isles are getting ready to deliberate over their school subject choices in the next few weeks, and this year they’re going to have more varied options than ever before, thanks to new and ongoing developments in the education curriculum, from new qualifications to joint projects with other island authorities
For education in the Western Isles, 2018 was a year of change, growth, and plenty of success, whether it was the increased apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers, or the artistic achievements of young people performing at the commemorative Dìleab concerts
For disadvantaged children, receiving the right support can help them fulfil their potential and transform their lives. And in the Western Isles, the members of the Outer Hebrides Early Intervention Partnership (OHEIP) are working together to provide that support through collaboration.
This year’s Partnership Event, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services and held at the Caberfeidh Hotel on November 15th, was one of the most successful yet, featuring 14 workshops and 200 delegates from right across the Western Isles and even mainland Scotland.