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Exploring the future of education in Scotland

SIE is pleased to acknowledge the Herald’s new campaign on the Future of Education in Scotland. Throughout summer 2020, SIE’s Festival of Innovation has celebrated ideas, vision and creativity designed to both inspire and encourage students, and explore the changes to education and how we can go forward. 

The festival programme has included events, awards, live interviews, topical articles written by young entrepreneurs, and challenges designed to support discussion and planning.

The Student Innovation Challenge, The Future of Learning, encourages students to consider what education will be like in 5 years time. With the help of supporting workshops and a bit of inspiration, students will submit short videos with the ideas and concerns feeding into policy discussion.

The festival also recognises the response that Scotland’s educators in FE and HE have been doing since early in the year to tackle the challenges brought to education by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Imaginative Educator Awards celebrate and showcase that work with the opportunity for educators to submit their own work or nominate a colleague. Submissions can be taken until August 31st and will be presented at the Shaping the Future conference in September.

Commenting on the campaign, Fiona Godsman, Chief Executive of SIE, said: 

“We’re delighted to see the Herald joining the conversation about the Future of Learning and the recognition of the work going on in Scotland in our colleges and universities which has been catalysed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The perspective of educators and students is a vital part of this discussion, which we are exploring through our summer Festival of Innovation and our Shaping the Future conference in September. This is an opportunity to go beyond reacting to the “new normal”, and plan how we can help Scotland’s graduates thrive.”

The online Shaping the Future conference takes place on 23 September and is free to attend. For more information and to register your place click the link below:


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