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Linda Croxford, Cathy Howieson and David Raffe (CES) with colleague Danny Murphy (Senior Teaching Fellow in MHSE) have agreed a contract with IoE/Trentham for a book ‘All Our Future: the lessons from the first 50 years of Scottish comprehensive schooling for Scotland, the UK and beyond’ to be published in 2015. It marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of comprehensive schooling across Scotland and aims to review Scotland’s distinctive experience of comprehensive education in order to address the current challenges for education in Scotland and elsewhere. The book will draw on CES and other research over the period and include contributions from the other ‘home countries’ of the United Kingdom.

As part of this work, the authors, in collaboration with School Leaders Scotland, are surveying current school leavers about their experiences of schooling in the 21st century, to compare with the views of their counterparts in the late 1970s.

The research on career websites by Cathy Howieson and Sheila Semple was the main item considered by the Education and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 4 March. The Committee discussed the implications of their recent study ‘What’s the Evidence? Comparing the impact of careers websites and other career support’ for Skills Development Scotland (the body responsible for career guidance in Scotland). Both Cathy and Sheila appeared as ‘witnesses’ at the session as well as submitting written evidence. The summary Briefing of their research is available to download.

Ofqual, the body which oversees and regulates the qualifications system in England, is establishing a new Advisory Committee for vocational qualifications, and has invited David Raffe to join.

Japanese policy-makers are considering introducing a National Qualifications Framework (NQF), thus joining the 143 countries which already have an NQF, are introducing one or are considering doing so. One of the purposes of doing so would be to increase the coherence and performance of its very differentiated tertiary education system. Kyushu university led a conference on 21-23 February to explore this issue. David Raffe's keynote presentation to this conference is attached.

Recent events attended by John Hart:
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) meeting, Birchwood Conference Centre in Kempton Park, 22 October 2013
The key challenges for India, National Skills Qualifications Framework Conference “The NSQF: Making it happen, New Delhi, 22-23 May 2013, India-EU Skills Development Project.
5th Quality Assurance Workshop, Ankara, 13-14 March 2013, coordinated by Professional Competence and Quality System Expert John Hart
Lifelong Learning and Employability in Scotland, International Conference on Lifelong Learning, Istanbul, 11-13 November 2012, EU-funded Project for Promotıng Lıfelong Learnıng in Turkey.

CES carries out research in the social sciences of education that is independent, methodologically sound and that explores fundamental issues about the purposes and processes of education, and of policy in education, with a starting point in Scotland, but located in the wider framework of Europe.
Key research findings are summarised in a regular series of CES Briefings, edited by Dr Cathy Howieson. All Briefings can be downloaded, free of charge. If paper copy or multiple copies are required please contact Carolyn.
The research of the CES is published in a variety of forms including briefings for policy-makers and practitioners, articles in academic and professional journals, reports and books. Key research findings are summarised in a regular series of CES Briefings.

CES is based in the Moray House School of Education


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