Education

Former religious representative believes education role is ‘mischaracterised’

ONE of the previous religious representatives on Shetland Islands Council’s education and families committee has offered his views on the role – and he believes there is a “mischaracterisation” around the appointment. Martin Tregonning, who was on the committee for a decade over the last two council terms, also said he feels religious representatives have […] Shetland News …


‘Exciting opportunity’ to shape education to meet bairns’ long-term needs

The “Who stands for the council? It’s people like you” campaign aims to encourage more candidates to come forward for May’s elections to Shetland Islands Council.  In the third of a series of features looking at some of the main issues the local authority is working on, through its corporate plan Our Ambition 2021-26, Education […] Shetland News …


SIC comfortable with Fair Isle recruitment process after receiving complaint

THE DIRECTOR of children’s services at Shetland Islands Council says she is “very comfortable” that the recent recruitment process for the Fair Isle head teacher post was followed by the book after confirming it had attracted a formal complaint. The complaint centres around why no suitable candidates for the post were selected out of a […] Shetland News …


Mothballed Skerries school has cost SIC £50k to maintain

SHETLAND Islands Council has spent around £54,000 on its “mothballed” school in Skerries since in shut in 2016. Figures obtained by Shetland News through a freedom of information request shows that around £13,000 has been allocated in the current financial year for maintaining the school. The figures also show that £56,304 has been committed to […] Shetland News …


Living Wage award nomination for Scalloway childcare centre

A POPULAR Scalloway childcare provider has been nominated for Living Wage Scotland’s “local champion” award. Hame Fae Hame, run by Kaye Sandison, last year became one of 2,190 Scottish employers officially accredited for paying the UK living wage of £9.50 an hour or higher to all its staff. The village-based firm, which last year won […] Shetland News …


College officials make the case for £2m worth of campus upgrades

FUNDING is being sought for around £2 million worth of upgrades to facilities at Shetland’s colleges in a drive to enhance the student and learning experience. Officials are looking to bid for money from the UK and Scottish governments’ £100 million islands growth deal, which is designed to boost the economies in Shetland, Orkney and […] Shetland News …


College students adapting well to blended learning, meeting hears

COLLEGE students on the whole are coping well with a blended learning model introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to local education officials. Shetland College UHI principal Jane Lewis said staff are looking to support students “as effectively as we can”. The college building is currently operating at around 20 per cent […] Shetland News …