Education and learning news
Published on Monday 18 February 2013
Forty nurseries and early years centres in Edinburgh are benefiting from an investment into garden water features to give young children the opportunity to experience natural, active play outdoors.
Monday 29 April 2013
A major new report has praised services for children in Edinburgh.
Friday 26 April 2013
A Private Bill to allow the new Portobello High School to be built in Portobello Park was introduced in the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Thursday 25 April).
Wednesday 24 April 2013
The number of requests for out-of-catchment primary school places in Edinburgh has fallen compared to last year.
Friday 19 April 2013
Five Edinburgh schools are going head to head tomorrow (Saturday 20 April) in an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge to make and sell their own lemonade and orange juice.
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Four young people in Edinburgh were celebrated for their artistic achievements at an awards ceremony at the National Gallery of Scotland last night.
Friday 8 March 2013
The City of Edinburgh Council’s efforts to help young people into jobs, training or further education were recognised last night with a silver award at the COSLA Excellence Awards.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Proposals to ensure that children with disabilities are entitled to up to six weeks of access to respite playscheme services during the school holidays are to be considered by councillors.
Monday 3 December 2012
Council begins public consultation on legal option for building new Portobello High School.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
The City of Edinburgh Council has today signed contracts with BT which confirm a £4.9 million overhaul of technology across its education service, which will benefit up to 50,000 learners and teachers over the next two years.
Friday 2 November 2012
Nine Edinburgh schools have been taking part in a UK wide initiative that brings together the world of business and school to deliver an inspirational programme of mentoring and internships.
Thursday 1 November 2012
Pilrig Park School today opened a dedicated hairdressing training facility, The Salon, which will act as a base for pupils hoping to gain entry to college or an apprenticeship when they leave school.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Fencing champion Keith Cook will be turning the spotlight on sport and dyslexia at a special event on Tuesday (6 November) to kick-off national Dyslexia Awareness Week.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Twelve of the leading voluntary sector organisations in Edinburgh have come together to show their support for the city’s school leavers.
Thursday 4 October 2012
The new Gaelic School which will replace the old Bonnington Primary School has been named.
Wednesday 12 September 2012
Earlier today Councillor Paul Godzik expressed his disappointment with the decision taken by the Court of Session in relation to the building of the new Portobello High School.
Tuesday 11 September 2012
The future of Castlebrae Community High School is to be considered by the Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee at a meeting next month.
Wednesday 5 September 2012
A week-long event at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange is aiming to reduce the number of young people killed or injured on the capital's roads.
Wednesday 29 August 2012
A creative writing competition for Edinburgh children has been launched at the Hermitage of Braid with pupils from Pentland Primary School today (Wednesday 29 August).
Thursday 23 August 2012
Active schools with support from Edinburgh Leisure are taking a group of 16 young people from Edinburgh Schools to volunteer as Young Games Makers at the Paralympics in London from 24 August to 9 September 2012.
Tuesday 7 August 2012
Thousands of pupils across Edinburgh will today receive the exam results they have been working and waiting for.
Friday 3 August 2012
A plan to bring 90% of Edinburgh residents and businesses high speed broadband by 2015 was submitted to the UK Government today (3 August).
Thursday 2 August 2012
Nine young people have been given a great start to their careers by the Edinburgh Guarantee. The school leavers started their internship at Standard Life last March.
Thursday 24 May 2012
Edinburgh Looked After Children are set to receive a brand new book every month, until they are five, as part of a city wide initiative to support children in the City of Edinburgh’s care.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
The Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, Sue Bruce, was joined by 50 young apprentices to mark the start of Scottish Apprentice Week.
Wednesday 9 May 2012
Exploring hieroglyphs, learning IT and discovering family history, are just some of the free taster courses that are running from 11 – 18 May 2012 to mark Adult Learners’ Week.
Monday 23 April 2012
More than 200 young people from across Edinburgh were awarded for successfully completing their Job, Education and Training Programme (JET) at an awards ceremony on Thursday (19 April).
Friday 20 April 2012
Drummond High School and Gracemount High School are going head to head in a lemonade sell-off to test their business skills.
Monday 12 March 2012
The prestigious new Paolozzi Art Prize was launched today (Monday 12 March) in the City Art Centre with the help of the late artist’s sister, Yolanda Tartaglia.
Wednesday 7 March 2012
The Court of Session today, Tuesday 7 March, upheld the Council’s appropriation of part of Portobello Park for the construction of a new Portobello High School.
Tuesday 28 February 2012
The City of Edinburgh Council today joined publishers, SAGE, to launch a cutting edge book about early education practice.
Thursday 16 February 2012
A new future for Edinburgh’s libraries is to be decided next week following a consultation with almost 10,000 people.
Thursday 9 February 2012
Lorne Primary School children were joined by top chef and ex-pupil, Tony Singh to unveil their new Learning Kitchen, donated by John Lewis, as part of an initiative to encourage healthy eating.
Wednesday 18 January 2012
Young people from across Edinburgh are coming together today to have their say on the future priorities for the city.
Tuesday 17 January 2012
Royston and Wardieburn residents joined together to mark the official opening of the area’s new state-of-the-art Community Centre.
Friday 13 January 2012
Pupils at James Gillespie’s High School have come together to design their new school tie to celebrate the life of History Teacher, Mr Caddell, who died last year.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
Tickets are on sale for Hit the Stage, Craigmount High School's tribute concert in memory of their deputy Head Teacher, Beth McDonald, and to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Friday 6 January 2012
The Council has rapidly put in place temporary measures to ensure that pupils of Kaimes School are able to return near to the start of term, after the high winds caused significant roof damage.
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Edinburgh schools are competing in the Young Consumer of the Year competition, which will see them battle it out for the chance to compete in the national final next year.
Friday 9 December 2011
Sports and outdoor education projects have been awarded more than £300,000 in funding by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Pensions and Trusts Committee.
Friday 2 December 2011
Primary six and seven pupils from Broughton Primary School unveiled their very own book at Edinburgh’s City Chambers today.
Thursday 24 November 2011
Twenty children will be presented with Green Pencil Awards at a special ceremony hosted by Councillors Deidre Brock and Ron Cairns at the Central Library tomorrow night (Friday 25 November 2011).
Thursday 24 November 2011
A ghost story with serious messages about bullying, a scheme that sets dads on a mission, and a project supporting children’s mental wellbeing, have all been awarded for their work.
Thursday 27 October 2011
Plans for a new Gaelic school in Leith, Edinburgh, have been given the go-ahead by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Friday 16 September 2011
Edinburgh schools will join the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a series of cultural and sporting events across the city.
Wednesday 3 August 2011
A new scheme to dramatically improve job prospects for school leavers is being endorsed from major blue chip businesses in the Capital.
Thursday 19 May 2011
Educational practice can be a victim of fashion as much as anything else and recent trends have seen an increase in the number of parents requesting to defer their child’s entry to primary school
Tuesday 3 May 2011
The school will re-open to pupils following the burst water main incident this morning.
Wednesday 6 April 2011
A special Easter eggstravaganza party is being held for an Edinburgh care home by big-hearted pupils from Drummond Community High School.
Monday 4 April 2011
The newest Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament to represent Edinburgh were today unveiled at the City Chambers.
Tuesday 29 March 2011
The new Gate 55 community hub at Sighthill Road is having an open day on Monday 4th April.
Tuesday 22 March 2011
Young people from Leith have gained hands-on experience of traditional building skills as part of the Leith Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Friday 18 March 2011
School inspectors have given Stenhouse Primary School and its nursery class a glowing report on the back of a recent inspection.
Monday 14 March 2011
Young people across Edinburgh have begun voting for candidates vying for a seat in the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Tuesday 1 March 2011
Lorne Primary School in Leith has just become the latest school to open its very own AEGON breakfast club as part of an award-winning city-wide initiative.
Thursday 24 February 2011
The number of young people campaigning to stand for Edinburgh in the Scottish Youth Parliament has increased by 50 per cent, it was announced today.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
An exhibition of work from a group of ‘young artists’ will be officially open to the public tomorrow as part of a City of Edinburgh Council well-being project.
Friday 18 February 2011
Staff and pupils at St Leonard's Nursery School have been celebrating coming top of the class, thanks to a glowing report from school inspectors.
Wednesday 16 February 2011
It was top marks for pupils and staff at Greengables Nursery School, after they received a positive report from school inspectors.
Friday 4 February 2011
Info below now out of date - schools open
Thursday 3 February 2011
Schools struggling with big energy bills are to get additional council support to make payments.
Monday 31 January 2011
The Edinburgh International Film Festival and Pilton Video today launched the Edinburgh Schools short film competition.
Monday 31 January 2011
A team of pupils from Currie Community High School have fought off stiff competition to win a first prize of £7000 in the inaugural John Byrne Award.
Friday 28 January 2011
Teachers in Edinburgh are to take part in a campaign to encourage the sharing of new ideas and approaches to the new curriculum.
Thursday 20 January 2011
A wetland bog, wildlife pond and butterfly-friendly orchard are just three winning school plans set to scoop eco awards at a ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens this Friday.
Thursday 23 December 2010
The deadline for postal enrolments to the Adult Education programme has been extended to the 30th December due to a delay in the delivery of brochures caused by severe weather.
Tuesday 21 December 2010
All schools are set to open on Wednesday. The only exception is that Davidson's Mains nursery will remain closed.
Monday 6 December 2010
The following are to close with immediate effect because of new snowfall...
Friday 3 December 2010
THIS INFORMATION IS NOW OUT OF DATE. SEE TOP NEWS STORY: 'Vast majority of schools to open on Monday'.
Thursday 2 December 2010
All secondary schools are set to open for some pupils and 44 primaries are set to open on Friday. See a full update on the status of schools below.
Thursday 25 November 2010
High School pupils from across Eastern Scotland will take part in a model united Nations conference at the City Chambers tomorrow.
Wednesday 3 November 2010
The Edinburgh Partnership will convene today to develop an action plan aimed at improving the lives of the city's most disadvantaged children.
Wednesday 6 October 2010
A school in Edinburgh has been selected by Scottish Book Trust as one of their Flagship Schools for the 'Meet Our Authors' programme.
Friday 24 September 2010
Hundreds of young Edinburgh musicians are taking part in a campaign to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent by taking part in a sponsored practice-a-thon.
Wednesday 4 August 2010
The wait for exam results is over and the early indications are that candidates have performed well in 2010 and that Edinburgh’s overall good performance has been maintained.
Friday 23 July 2010
The City of Edinburgh Council is to take an innovative new curriculum-led approach to designing two schools in the city.
Wednesday 9 June 2010
Budding young chefs at James Gillespie's Primary are to launch a recipe book tomorrow aimed at improving dental health and diet and every P6 pupil across Edinburgh and the Lothians will receive a copy. The year long project between the school, NHS Lothian and Scotmid Co-operative has been hailed as a perfect example of Curriculum for Excellence in action.
Friday 21 May 2010
Edinburgh's inaugural Learning Festival will give parents the opportunity to see Curriculum for Excellence in action next Saturday.
Friday 7 May 2010
A four month consultation with Portobello residents on the new high school kicks of this week, with a meeting for key stakeholders on Monday 10 May in the local primary school.
Thursday 6 May 2010
Edinburgh’s latest new school is to be opened by Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer and city Education Leader Cllr. Marilyne MacLaren.
Friday 23 April 2010
All 730 City of Edinburgh Council staff affected by flight cancellations will have the option to make up hours to avoid loss of pay.
Friday 23 April 2010
The latest new school in Edinburgh is due to be officially opened by Cardinal Keith O’ Brian and Cllr. Marilyne MacLaren. St. Augustine’s R.C High School will be opened as part of a £180m Council rebuilding programme.
Thursday 15 April 2010
Edinburgh's Education Leader has welcomed the Scottish Government's plan to invest in Edinburgh's Gaelic school and in early years provision in the city.
Friday 26 March 2010
Parents are being advised to be cautious when applying for out of catchment school places if they want younger brothers and sisters to go to the same school in the future.
Wednesday 10 February 2010
Community Learning Development (CLD) in Edinburgh is set to change as the Council launches a more locally tailored service.