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.
The festive season got off to a strong start this weekend for staff, students, and alumni of Lews Castle College UHI’s music courses in Benbecula, who won multiple awards at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday (1st December).
The MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards are a highlight of Scotland’s musical calendar, and this year musicians from Lews Castle College UHI are in the running for multiple awards, which will be announced in a live event in Perth on 1st December.
In a climate of financial austerity, how can local authorities make savings while still meeting the needs of their communities? It’s a question at the forefront of minds at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar this month, following the September committee meetings where the topic was at the top of the agenda.