Robin McAlpine: The Scottish education agenda shows bad policy-making makes bad policy
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the Scottish Government has made a mess of education policy, principally because it’s approach to policy-making is uninformed, top-down and half-baked
AS THE Scottish school holidays peter out, parents' minds turn to all those little back to school jobs that need done. But the challenges for the Scottish Government over the coming school year are somewhat greater than buying lunchboxes and pencil sharpeners.
Women's rights are human rights: Six ways @ScotGov can go 'further, faster' in tackling gender inequality
Human rights report to UN says more action is needed on women’s rights in Scotland
A NEW report by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has called on the Scottish and UK governments to take action to protect women’s economic, social and political rights.
Nationalise childcare service to meet free places ambition, campaigners say
A radical change to the early years system is needed to offer an “equal start”, Unison and Common Weal have argued
FOLLOWING THE publication of an Audit Scotland report indicating that the Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its 2020 target of doubling access to funded childcare from 15 hours to 30, public sector trade union Unison and think tank Common Weal have renewed calls for a national public sector early years service.
Professor John Davis: @ScotGov is delivering on early learning and childcare - the signs are good
John Davis, professor of childhood inclusion at the University of Edinburgh, compares the Scottish Government’s plans for a quality, flexible, accessible and affordable early learning and childcare service to the Common Weal’s proposals for a universal service
LAST Thursday, the Scottish Government published its action plan for how it will double the amount of free early learning and childcare for all 3-4 year olds and 'eligible' two year olds.
Piecing Together the Jigsaw Policy Lab 3: Blog
Piecing Together the Jigsaw is a participatory project co-ordinated by Common Weal and Edinburgh University
THE third and final Piecing Together the Jigsaw policy lab on February 3rd will consider policy and initiatives from early years to early adulthood.
Robin McAlpine: Scotland's children are worth it – don't sell them short
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine on why the possibility of a second independence referendum means we can’t stay quiet when it comes to issues of policy
SO now Scotland – and the independence movement – is on alert for a second independence referendum.
The constantly changing messages about when it’s likely to be or what is likely to trigger it mean it's hard to know how long we're all going to stay on alert. But the signs now suggest that one way or another we're going to plunge in before the end of 2019.
John Davis: Inequality and poverty pay in early years sector is a national disgrace
Professor John Davis, writes on the news that pay rates continue to be unfair for professionals in the private and voluntary sectors in Scotland. John developed the BA Childhood Practice at Edinburgh University and has carried out research into qualifications, multi-professional working, anti-discriminatory practice and transition in early years services.