Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Attainment 2017-18

There were a total of 2409 presentations in SQA National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams in 2018 across the Secondary Schools in Eilean Siar.  This resulted in 1945 passes (approx. 81%).  There is some outstanding data to be included and this will further increase the percentage of passes achieved.

This article by James Mackinnon was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at on 06/09/2018 

The international provision of education is next on the agenda for e-Sgoil following both local and national successes.

The e-Sgoil initiative was first launched by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in August 2016.  Its main aim then was to, “enhance equality in terms of subject choice for all pupils, irrespective of geographic location or which school they attended in the Western Isles.”

E-Sgoil head teacher Angus Maclennan explained performance against this aim.  “We are pretty well catered for in the islands now, we’re teaching everything from fiddle and chanter to Advanced Higher Maths, it’s very wide and varied.”

This article by Katie Macleod was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at on 06/09/2018

From apprenticeships to workplace visits, initiatives to get young people in the Western Isles ready for the world of work are being implemented in a wide variety of ways.

It’s all part of the national policy known as Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), which aims to better prepare children aged 3-18 for their working lives.

“It’s a national initiative, but there’s a lot going on locally,” says Donald Macleod, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Senior Education Officer, adding that the work begins in nursery and progresses through primary into secondary school.

This article was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at on 02/08/2018

The rapid rise in the number of apprenticeships across the Islands is one of the success stories of Community Learning and Development within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, says HM Inspector Alona Murray in a report issued on Monday July 23rd

Community Learning and Development (CLD) partners within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the area of Lewis and Harris were inspected by Education Scotland during May and June this year. 

This article by Katie Macleod was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at on 02/08/2018

Scotland’s themed Year of Young People in 2018 aims to inspire the country through its young people’s ideas, attitudes, and ambitions, and in the Outer Hebrides, the summer has been packed with ‘Year of Young People’ activities featuring everything from sports competitions to tea parties – and there are even more exciting events lined up for the months to come.

The summer fun kicked off at the beginning of June with an intergenerational tea party hosted at Lews Castle by S2 pupils and the Lewis and Harris Youth Council, in conjunction with local care homes.