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Learning opportunities in Highland are varied and accessible across the diverse geography of the region.
There are learning communities around the 29 secondary schools, their associated primary schools and nursery centres. Informal learning is supported through Community Learning and Leisure and can be access across a network of learning centres and libraries.
The authority works in collaboration with other education providers including three colleges of further and higher education within the University of the Highlands and Islands - www.uhi.ac.uk.
Joint Highland Council / HMIE report on aspects of The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service
A joint report by HM Inspectorate of Education and The Highland Council on the validated self-evaluation of The Highland Council (pdf 216 kb) has been published on 29 June 2010. The Highland Council worked in partnership with HMIE to evaluate aspects of the Education, Culture and Sports (ECS) Service in the Highland area. This was undertaken as a result of an expression of interest from the Council in participating in this developing national process of self-evaluation. The report provides an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Education, Culture and Sport Service in improving the impact and outcomes for children, young people and families.
Parents in Highland can now log on to their computer to check if their child’s local school is closed by bad weather.
Details of road conditions and other services affected by bad weather can be found on the Council's Winter Watch web page
Highland Virtual Learning Community
This is Highland’s learning and teaching web site www.hvlc.org.uk/. In the pupils’ section you will find web sites selected for their relevance to the school curriculum and sites to help them choose books to read for pleasure. The parents’ section has information about schools in Highland, and about the Psychological and Support for Learners services which support pupils who have difficulties of various kinds which affect their learning. Parents may also be interested in the Learning and Teaching Toolkit, which is a guide to help teachers put into practice the aims of the learning and teaching policy. The staffroom includes a range of information to support teachers, school librarians and other school staff. The quality assurance section includes information relating to policy and planning.
The Scottish Government, along with learndirect Scotland have published two useful booklets on the various sources of funding avialable to learners. These can be accessed from the following link Higher Education Sources of Funding available
Adventure Activities in Scotland
For details regarding the Consultation on developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland Adventure Activities in Scotland
Response to the Post 16 Education (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee sought written evidence on the general principles of the Post 16 Education (Scotland) Bill. Details can be access from the following link Post 16 Education (Scotland) Bill. Highland Council's response can be accessed from the following link Response to Call for Evidence - January 2013 (pdf 210kb)