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Scottish Youth Parliament guest blogger: “we want Scotland’s young people to be happy and successful learners”.

SYP Education Committee Jan 2016 blogIn this guest blog by MSYP Aqeel Ahmed, he shares about some research that the Scottish Youth Parliament are doing to find out about innovative ways that schools are supporting children and young people to make sure they are ‘happy and successful learners’.
The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Education and Lifelong Learning Committee have developed surveys, and we plan to conduct focus groups to gather the Continue reading

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Rights Respecting Stars – campaigning for children’s rights!

SP blogIn this blog pupils from Stockbridge Primary look at why children’s rights are important to them.
What are children’s rights?
“Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  These cover lots of different parts of children’s lives so include things like the rights to be looked after, to Continue reading

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Getting it Right for EVERY Child

Enquire recently met 17 year old Dionne McFarlane, a young person from Edinburgh on a mission! Dionne very kindly agreed to write a blog post telling us about some of the work she has been doing around Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)
Dionne1Dionne meets Aileen Campbell MSP
“My name is Dionne McFarlane and I’m the GIRFEC Ambassador for Edinburgh. I was given this role back in 2014 and I have to say Continue reading

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Raising awareness of ethnic minority bullying

Last year Enquire went to a national anti-bullying conference organised by Respectme and saw an amazing performance by Roshni’s Youth Advisory Panel about how minority ethnic bullying can affect young people.
Some of the young people involved wrote this blog to explain a bit about the work of the Panel and how they put together the play:
“roshni is a Scottish charity tackling sensitive issues and promoting the safety, rights and wellbeing of minority ethnic people. They run an amazing project Continue reading

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Disability Football Squad gives young people ”the confidence that they truly can do anything they want”

One of the keys to Curriculum for Excellence is that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. With the right support, all sorts of learning experiences and achievements can help you to flourish in life.
A good example of learning beyond the classroom that is making a big impact in young people’s lives is the Scottish Football Association’s squad teams for talented young footballers with learning disabilities or cerebral palsy, stroke, or acquired brain injury.
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Starting at high school is a big change, especially when your primary only has 23 pupils in the whole school

Moving to high school is a big change, especially when you live in the countryside and have been going to a really small primary school with only a few other children.
This week on the blog, 12 year old Luke from Shetland shares his feelings about moving on to high school from his rural primary school, which has just 2 teachers and 23 pupils. I was looking for a good picture to go with this blog, and couldn’t resist including this Continue reading

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Supporting deaf young people to make a positive move after school: One young person shares his views

In this blog, Glen, a young guy who volunteers with NDCS, the National Deaf Children’s Society, shares his views about their recent resource “A Template for Success”. The goal of this resource is to make sure that young deaf people who are getting ready to leave school have the support they need to make a positive move on to college, uni, training or work.
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MSYP has her say: How money issues affect young carers’ chances to get the most out of their education

This week on the blog, a young carer called Lauren King who is part of the Scottish Youth Parliament talks about their campaign Care.Fair.Share. This is a campaign about helping make sure that issues with money don’t stop young carers getting the most out of school and being able to carry on their studies at college and university.

What do you do at the Scottish Youth Continue reading

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BeXcellent website made by and for young people: “Skills for being awesome”

Hip hip hooray the fab new website BeXcellent has been launched! It’s a great way to make sense of what Curriculum for Excellence is all about – helping you have excellent learning both in and out of school so you can have totally excellent lives.
The new website has been created by a team of young people from 8 to 17 years who all have an interest in Continue reading

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Beat Young Ambassador on eating disorders and support that helps

“An eating disorder is a serious mental illness that changes people’s relationship with food in a negative way”, writes Kathryn, Young Ambassador for Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorders charity.

“It has a negative impact on both their mental and physical health.  Over 1.1 million people are directly affected by eating disorders in the UK Continue reading

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