Harmeny School

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 05/04/2018

Located in Edinburgh, Harmeny Education Trust has operated as a grant-aided special school since it was first set up in 1958, providing “specialist services for children with complex social, emotional, and behavioural needs.”

Today, Harmeny offers both a residential and a day service.  The residential school service provides an integrated care and education programme for the 24 children, aged between seven and 15, who call the school home, while the day service enables a current school roll of six children to attend the specialist school each day and benefit from its resources.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 05/04/2018

Research shows that by the time a child reaches school, there is a significant gap in vocabulary between the most and least deprived children – and it’s a gap in attainment that widens as the school years pass. 

But thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Pupil Equity Fund, measures are being put in place to close this poverty-related gap. 

The Pupil Equity Fund is part of an overarching national strategy, the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which requires each local authority to enact measures which will address the attainment gap.  Money from the Fund is then allocated directly to schools, and can be spent at the discretion of Head Teachers working in partnership with their local authority. 

Getting ready to march in the Tartan Day Parade

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 03/05/2018

New York City’s annual Tartan Week celebrates the influence of Scots in America, with events ranging from theatre shows to poetry readings, culminating in a parade along Sixth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. And this year, for the first time ever, a pipe band from the Outer Hebrides took to the stage – and the streets – as part of the celebrations.

The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band made headlines in 2017 when they launched a crowdfunding campaign to support their dream of marching in the 20th anniversary Tartan Day Parade, and last month they made headlines again when their dream was realised with their arrival in New York City on April 4th.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 03/05/2018

For young people in the Western Isles looking for their next career move – or the chance to return to the islands – a new wave of apprenticeships being launched this spring will offer more opportunities for progression.

Over the next few months, apprenticeships will be advertised in sectors such as child care, business administration, finance, automotives, harbour work, customer service, health and social care, and re-ablement. The latter two will be promoted and managed in collaboration with the NHS, under the Integrated Joint Board (IJB), which consists of representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, IJB, and third party and independent sector providers of health and social care.

In recent weeks, new apprentices have also been recruited at Scottish Salmon and BASF Pharma, and advertised for at Harris Tweed Hebrides. Potential areas for future apprenticeships in the islands include the growing distillery and marina sectors, although these opportunities are still in the early stages of development.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 03/05/2018

Data published in February 2018 and presented to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Sport, and Children’s Services Committee on April 24th shows that young people in the Western Isles continue to perform better than their peers nationally across almost all educational measures.