Conference highlights transformation of learning in Highland schools
8th May 2017
The transformation of future learning in Highland schools was discussed by around 100 head teachers at a Science and Technology Conference last week in Inverness.
Key speakers from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, FIRST Scandinavia and the Science and Skills Academy addressed the conference on the importance of STEM experiences and qualifications for young people in the Highlands. They also outline how the use of digital technology can transform learning for young people.
The conference was organised by Highland Council to inform head teachers of the Primary Science Wood Foundation Programme; the development of the Highland Science Skills Academy and the progress of the council's ICT roll-out in schools which includes a commitment to provide a device for every child from P6 to S6.
Stressing the importance of STEM to the economic wellbeing of the Highland area, guest speaker Charlotte Wright, Acting Chief Executive of HIE informed delegates to the conference.
Skills Development Scotland, Head of Region, Anthony Standing supported the welcome outlining the pathways for STEM in Highland.
Conference sponsors, Wood Foundation, Anita Martin explained how the Wood Foundation is supporting Primary Science in the region.
Stuart Black, Highland Council's Director of Development and Infrastructure explained how the City Region Deal funding is enabling the Highland Science Skills Academy to progress.
Stan Elstad, Chief Executive of FIRST Scandinavia informed delegates how Science Skills Academy works in Norway and its relevance and connections to Highland schools.
Andrew Johnston, Project Director of the Highland Science Skills Academy outlined how the Academy will work in Highland, with the first two Newton Rooms in Lochaber and Caithness.
During the afternoon session Ollie Bray Kingussie High School Head Teacher and Fergus Weir, Highland Parent Council Chair highlighted how digital technology can transform learning.
Teachers attending the conference shared their experiences of digital learning and the roll out of chrome books, usage of apps and other education applications to pilot schools.
The Science and Technology Conference was held in Inverness on Wednesday 3 May 2017.
The Highland Council has elected Councillor Margaret Davidson as Council Leader at its meeting today, 18 May 2017. Councillor Alasdair Christie was elected Depute Leader and Councillor Bill Lobban was elected Convener of the Council.
MFR Cash for Kids Charity Car Boot Sale is the latest recruit to be signed up by Highland Council Trading Standards to join the Real Deal scheme. The scheme was launched six years ago in a bid to stamp out the illegal trade in fake goods at markets and to ensure businesses are fully compliant with the relevant laws.
From 21 May 2017, people aged 60 and over who currently benefit from Highland Council’s rail concessionary travel scheme are being advised that half fare rail concessions for the majority of entitled Highland residents will cease. Free travel remains available by bus, and card holders are advised to keep their entitlement cards which can still be used on bus routes throughout Scotland.
Councillor Margaret Davidson announced today that an agreement had been reached to form anew administration to run Highland council for the next five years. Councillor Davidson will once again be the leader of the council and she said,"We are pleased to announce that a coalition of Independents, Liberal Democrats and Labour Councillors have formed an Administration to take Highland Council forward for the next five years.
The official process to elect Members of Parliament to represent the three UK Highland constituencies has begun. Returning Officer, Steve Barron, Chief Executive of The Highland Council, was yesterday (Thursday 4 May) hand delivered three writs, instructing him to conduct an election for the Highland UK Parliamentary constituencies.
The results for the 2017 Highland Council elections have been declared. They are as follows: Independent 28 Scottish Conservative and Unionist 10 Scottish Green Party 1 Scottish Labour Party 3 Scottish Liberal Democrats 10 Scottish National Party (SNP) 22 Total elected 74 The first meeting of the new Council will be held on Thursday 18 May when the office-bearers will be confirmed.
People in the Highlands are being invited to drop in to new Digital Café sessions which could save them significant amounts of money. The Highland Council in partnership with other Highland Social Landlords and the social enterprise company Libertie are hosting a series of mobile Digital Café events during May 2017.
Mears signs new cost savings deal on PPP Highland schools project. Mears has signed a new deal with the Highland Council which will see millions of pounds saved over the lifetime of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Highland Schools Project.
The Highland Council and partners are advising motorists of temporary road closures and speed restrictions which will be in place next weekend (22 - 23 April) during the Etape Loch Ness cycling event. The restrictions and prohibitions which are being put in place are for participants' safety and to allow the Etape to take place on public roads.
A Local business has been found in contempt of court after breaching an Enforcement Order previously issued following action taken by Highland Council Trading Standards. On the 12th April 2017 at Inverness Sherriff Court Ms Diane Urquhart, Director of Inverness Fireplace and Heating Centre and Mr Michael Armour also of Inverness Fireplace and Heating Centre were found in breach of an Enforcement Order issued under the Enterprise Act 2002 and in contempt of court.
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