Education: Putting Nicola Sturgeon’s Top Priority to the Test

During a speech in 2015, Nicola Sturgeon declared that she “wanted to be judged” on her education record and committed that it would be her “priority” during her time in office. In doing this, the First Minister opened the Scottish Government’s education performance up to regular criticism from opposition parties or, in the words of TES […]

This week in the Senedd: Focus on education, health and active travel

Education, education, education School funding is high on the agenda this week, as the Children, Young People and Education Committee begins an inquiry and the Welsh Conservatives lead a debate on the issue. Last week the Tories contested that the Welsh Government has pushed schools to crisis point and criticised its handling of the education […]

Five Things Happening in Scotland This Week

It’s the final week of business at the Scottish Parliament before the week-long February recess. Natalie Mauchline looks at some of the issues that might make the Scottish political headlines this week. Brexit and the Malthouse Compromise The Prime Minister’s victory last week may prove to be short-lived as she heads back to Brussels with […]

Senedd this week: AMs to debate curriculum reform, obesity plans and imprisonment

Joe Atkinson runs through five things to look out for in the National Assembly for Wales this week.   Curriculum Reform White Paper The Welsh Government is publishing its white paper on curriculum and assessment reform this week. The paper will lay the legal foundations for the biggest overhaul in what children are taught at […]

Welsh Politics: What’s in store for 2019?

Joe Atkinson takes a look at talking points that will dominate the Senedd in 2019. 2018 was perhaps the most tumultuous year in British politics for decades. From the ongoing deadlock in parliament over Theresa May’s Brexit deal to four leadership elections in the National Assembly for Wales, it was a year of conflict and […]

Education Policy: The latest from Wales

Our education specialist Joe Atkinson takes a look at the state of play in Wales. As Carwyn Jones fast approaches the end of his nine-year tenure at the top of Welsh politics he may see education as a missed opportunity. Wales was the worst-performing UK country in the most recently Pisa results published in 2016, […]