Back to school

This week, we’re turning the spotlight on education as pupils and schools teams are well into the Autumn term.

This autumn term starts in uncertain times that promise to persist into 2023. Reports of record use of foodbanks, school uniform banks and uniform grants from councils as well as cost of living concerns including energy costs.

Here we gather together recent education briefings and a new all you need to know about education services in Scotland.

LGIU Content


Primer - Education Services in Scotland

Our brand new education primer highlights the policy context, roles and responsibilities of councils and challenges facing education services.
Education is devolved in Scotland and Local Authorities hold a crucial leadership and delivery role in provision of education services supporting schools, pupils and their families to undergo a positive experience and achieve the best outcomes. This primer is designed to assist councillors in navigating their way through the system.
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IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Early Childhood Inequalities

In June 2022 the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on families and early childhood development. This briefing deals with one of the longest of these papers: Early childhood inequalities.
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Child poverty and low-income families

Child poverty has risen in every Scottish local authority over the past six years and around 1 in 4 children in Scotland live in relative poverty. This briefing sets out the situation in Scotland and explores some of the ways that local authorities are tackling this pressing issue.
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Progress on improving school outcomes in Scotland

Audit Scotland’s report ‘Improving outcomes for young people through school education’ suggests that whilst attainment and progression have improved, progress is not fast enough and is uneven across local authorities. This briefing covers the Audit Scotland report and other recent reports on the school system from Scotland Government and voluntary bodies.
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Generation Covid: The impact on young people in the UK – Youth Affairs APPG

The report ‘Generation COVID: The economic impact of COVID-19 on young people in the United Kingdom’, published in May 2021 by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs, puts a spotlight on the economic impact of the pandemic on young people and calls for better financial, educational and employment support for young people.
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Global Local Executive Panel – July 2021: Child Friendly Communities

On July 15th 2021, LGIU Australia and VLGA presented an international panel of expert speakers from a variety of positions in Queensland, Victoria and Scotland to discuss what the impact of COVID has been on children and young people in their jurisdictions.
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Other resources


The legacy of ​​the Iceland model and its transformation of teen substance use

Iceland has radically reduced rates of teenage smoking, drinking and drug use in the past 20 years, through their controversial national programme “Youth in Iceland”. The fundamental thinking behind this programme suggested that some children are addicted to changes in brain chemistry (the high) which became known as behavioural addiction – but what if you could replace artificial highs with natural ones borne out of sport, music and fun activities? That combined with strict controls on children appears to have had dramatic and positive results that continue to this day to inspire addiction intervention programmes across the globe.
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Finland’s approach to tackling the infodemic – the first line of defence is the kindergarten teacher

​​Covid-19 is the first pandemic in history in which technology plays an integral role in keeping people healthy, informed and connected. However, the same technology has opened the gates to a flood of information, much of it false and misleading which risks undermining trust in government and health authorities. Better known as the ‘infodemic’, this overabundance of information has presented a challenge to governments around the world. One country that has managed the infodemic remarkably well is Finland. Finland is a Nordic country of 5.5 million people that tops indexes of happiness, gender equality, and press freedom. Finland has engineered a strategy for combating misinformation that has roots firmly in its education system.
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Parents Portal: Improvement Service has been developed to create a digital relationship between parents, pupils, and schools, replacing the traditional school bag run. This digital approach has been developed to improve the way in which schools engage with parents.


Alongside managing the YoungScot card system, this platform provides a host of resources and information on a range of issues such as managing anxiety, the Young Carers Package and information about tax and banking for young people.

Emerging Technologies in Education: LGiU Global Local Newsletter

Over the last decade, the digitalisation of education has already created a number of opportunities for students and educators alike. More recently, emerging (new) technologies have begun to take education to the next stage. This newsletter explores this trend and highlights useful resources.