Scottish school business management in 2024: surviving or thriving?

Thursday 12th September 2024
Scottish school business management in 2024: surviving or thriving?

Managing our schools well is critically important, but the challenge is getting harder with constrained resources and a variety of increasing demands.  More of everything is needed, so what is the way forward for those involved in school business management?

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Rethinking purpose, governance and practice in Scotland’s third sector: addressing funding, governance, leadership and law

Thursday 26th September 2024
Rethinking purpose, governance and practice in Scotland’s third sector: addressing funding, governance, leadership and law

Scotland's voluntary sector and the staff and volunteers working within it deliver vitally important services in every Scottish community. However, crisis in funding, capacity and its future are some of the few certainties the sector can currently anticipate. How should charitable organisations, staff and the sector as a whole now be thinking, planning and reacting amid widespread crisis and challenge? How do you navigate a way forward – and what does coherent purpose and success look like – in this context?

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Closing Scotland's poverty and attainment gap: what's working and how do we build on it?

Tuesday 29th October 2024
Closing Scotland's poverty and attainment gap: what's working and how do we build on it?

The 2016 Programme for Government pledged to substantially eliminate the poverty and attainment gap within a decade.  A tough enough challenge to achieve.  Since then, COVID has impacted massively on education, childhood development, the economy, incomes, benefits and curriculum delivery.  So where do we now stand in attempting to eradicate by 2026 what may be the biggest driver of long term inequality in Scotland?

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Emergency and resilience practitioners in Scotland in 2024: understanding and meeting the challenges ahead

Tuesday 12th November 2024
Emergency and resilience practitioners in Scotland in 2024: understanding and meeting the challenges ahead

Emergency planning, resilience, business continuity and risk reduction are the activities we plan, practice and train for in the hope they will never be needed.  They mitigate the worst when it happens and bring assurance and stability when it does not.  However, the threats presented to normal order are magnified by local, national and international events which can bring instability to our own front door. So how do we plan for the unexpected, ensure that we learn from every opportunity, collaborate to maximise best practice and keep our emergency planning and resilience practitioners, and our responders at every tier, well-resourced and able to prevent and react?

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What's next for Scottish planning: development, masterplanning and planning funding consultations

Tuesday 19th November 2024
What's next for Scottish planning: development, masterplanning and planning funding consultations

The Scottish Government has recently launched and concluded three planning consultations. The first covers the National Planning Framework and local development plan amendments.  The second relates to masterplan consent areas.  The third looks at resourcing Scotland’s planning system. The intention is to ensure that planning is more flexible and nimble and also better resourced in funding and staffing terms. What are the likely outcomes of these consultations? Will final decisions result in a system that works faster and more efficiently? Will the planning environment and outcomes for planners, developers and communities be improved? 

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