Holyrood Magazine issue 369 / 24 October 2016
Education in Scotland: including an interview with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, as well as features looking at early years, the attainment gap, colleges and universities, and lifelong learning. Spotlight on Brexit. Comment from Geoff Aberdein.
3 Editor’s note
It is said that a society is judged by the way it deals with those that offend against it but really, shouldn’t the overall health of a government actually be assessed by how it parents its children?
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks
8 Talking Point
On pigs, Vogons, Kafka, crofters, and the cruelty of the council tax
10 Political Spotlight
Nicola Sturgeon and the ‘i’ word
12 Digital Highlights
The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content
13 Overview: Education
From cradle to grave, early years are the foundation of later success
20 Special feature: City of Glasgow College
As the City of Glasgow Colleges launches its new City campus, Holyrood finds out about the changing nature of college education
22 Interview: John Swinney
From bank manager to head teacher, John Swinney has changed roles, John Swinney has new energy as he takes on education
30 Feature: Brexit
Brexit means Brexit - but what flavour of Brexit will it be?
34 Special feature: Visit Scotland
How can Scotland grow its tourism sector?
36 Event Report
What progress has been made in tackling NPS use?
Geoff Aberdein: How are the main parties looking post conference season?
The review of the care system and responses to employment figures
Some photo-mixups, fancy footwork, and a pretty high wager at SNP conference
41 On the Desk
Kate Forbes: SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
42 Last Word
Sketch: A trip to the SNP conference provides an insight into what the party stands for