Education Scotland’s updated websites have been re-developed to reflect Scotland’s evolving education system and significantly streamline the current range of CfE guidance and materials.
The updated sites currently have fewer than half the number of pages of their predecessors.
We’ve released updated versions of our corporate website, Parentzone Scotland and National Qualifications. The corporate site provides information about Education Scotland, major projects, policy and legislation. It is available on a new URL – www.education.gov.scot – and while the old URL will continue to work for a period, all hyperlinks (and mentions of the URL in documents) will need to be updated.
The National Qualifications site, with materials hosted on Glow, brings together materials held previously on 15 sites into a streamlined format, featuring essential and current content.
Parentzone Scotland retains the structure that parents asked for, and has had minor formatting changes only. All improvement materials are now accessed from the National Improvement Hub (NIH).
All our content has been reviewed and updated by education specialists, who have considered the type and quantity of information required to support and challenge practitioners to achieve educational improvement.
We will continue to consult closely with practitioners and stakeholders to ensure that the sites meet their needs.
Following the deployment of the new sites, completion of some final technical work is in progress.
We’ve changed the location of some information. Here is a summary of what is on each of our five sites and services:
Our search function has been upgraded on each of the four websites (not Glow).
All our educational improvement materials are now on the National Improvement Hub. Our materials have undergone a significant update, which involved reducing our website content by more than half to meet our commitments in the Delivery Plan for Scottish education. All our content has been reviewed and updated by education specialists, who have considered the type and quantity of information required to support and challenge practitioners to achieve educational improvement.
Materials that are no longer available are being treated in one of three ways:
The three updated websites (corporate site, Parentzone Scotland, National Qualifications) have been designed to meet the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence, the evolving role of Education Scotland, and the changes announced in the Scottish Government delivery plan for education ‘Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education’.
All previous content was reviewed by education specialists, who considered the type and quantity of information required to support and challenge practitioners to achieve educational improvement. That content was then edited before being transferred to the updated, streamlined sites. By focusing on key, tightly edited information, on release the updated sites had less than half the number of pages of their predecessor websites.
Content that no longer meets requirements is being handled in various ways. Some topic-specific content is being moved to partner organisations and will appear on their websites in due course. Other content is being archived for future consideration, and may be deleted or reworked and used again in future.
A historical copy of the NQ music site is openly available through an archive site until mid-March 2017. The original music files are also available to access and download on Glow. (Glow login required)
The Education Scotland websites have evolved as the education system in Scotland has undergone a huge change for the better. These changes have led to the build-up of a variety of different guidance which was valuable when released, but has resulted in an accumulation of information. The Delivery Plan included a commitment to stripping this back, requiring us to re-focus the information that we provide online.
The future size of the websites will be managed by the use of agreed principles and processes, which will be followed by all Education Scotland staff who are content owners. These include a built-in requirement for all content to be reviewed and updated at least annually based on feedback, evidence and intelligence.
We will continue to consult closely with practitioners and stakeholders to ensure that the sites meet their needs in the future. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com and they will be considered as we continue to develop our online offering.
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