Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 14th September 2018

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Focus on: Oban High teams up with Norwegian school to share best practice

Oban High has teamed up with a secondary school from Norway to look at what can be learned from the sharing of best practice across education systems  for pupils aged 16 years and over.

The school’s head teacher, Peter Bain, has also been selected to lead an international project on behalf of The Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL).

Mailand videregående skole in Norway was carrying out an evaluation of the opportunities available in Scottish schools for young people seeking work or further education, and got in touch with Oban High School to see if they could form a professional exchange programme, focusing specifically on post-16 education.

Staff from the Norwegian school visited Obanlast October and following a highly successful and positive trip, a project plan was established.

At the same time, Gillian Hamilton, Strategic Director at Education Scotland, which recently welcomed the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL), learned of this collaboration and asked Mr Bain to select a team of head teachers from across Scotland, and take a delegation to Norway to carry out a wider piece of work based on the SCEL learning themes. This work would benefit not just SCEL, but the whole of Argyll and Bute.

Pauline Walker, Headteacher of The Royal High School and Andy Smith, Headteacher of Larkhall Academy, and recently President of School Leaders Scotland, both kindly agreed to join, and a successful visit to Norway took place in February of this year.

Plans are now progressing well with both projects and Depute Head at Oban, Alex Craik, will host a visit from Mailand videregående skole staff led by Knut Kirkness next week.

A return visit to Oban High School followed by a visit to The Royal High School in Edinburgh by delegates from the Norwegian schools, Wenche Kavli (HT, Skedsmo videregående skole), Olav Wennemo (HT, Bjørkelangen videregående skole) and Hege Britt Johnsen (HT, Frogn videregående skole).

Did you know?

You could get £64.60 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. Eligible carers in Scotland are starting to receive the first payments of Carer’s Allowance Supplement now. The supplement is an extra payment to help carers in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance.


Have your say on Campbeltown design proposals: People in Campbeltown are being invited to have their say on design proposals that have been developed to help minimise the risk of flooding in the town.

Want to train to become a teacher in Argyll and Bute? Deadline extended: The deadline for applications to the PGDE STEM Teacher Induction Programme has been extended until Wednesday 26th September. Also, applicants who don’t possess a 2:1 honours degree will be considered for entry depending on their previous experience and knowledge and understanding.

Policy Lead welcomes self-build loan fund: Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Housing has welcomed the news that people in Scotland who want to build their own homes will now be able to apply to a £4 million self-build loan fund.

Third place for Islay’s Stephen: Islay High School’s Head Teacher Stephen Harrison finished third overall in Sunday’s 2018 Islay Marathon.

Argyll and Bute success at Beautiful Scotland Awards: Four Argyll and Bute projects scooped prizes at the 2018 Beautiful Scotland Awards, organised by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Work with us

Argyll and Bute is a great place to live and work, and the council is looking to recruit for a number of roles across a range of locations. Among the posts available are: Website Developer in Lochgilphead; Early Learning and Childcare Apprentices in Dunoon and Campbeltown; Social Worker in Oban; Clerical Finance Assistant in Campbeltown; and a Pupil Support Assistant in Helensburgh. Find out about these posts, and more, at My Job Scotland.


Carers Strategy and Action Plan: We are looking for your views on our new draft strategy “Caring Together – Argyll and Bute Carers' Strategy and Action Plan 2018 – 2023.

Draft Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: We want to know what you think about the draft Procurement and Commissioning Strategy and Sustainable Procurement Policy for 2019/20.

Argyll Air Service Survey: The current contract for Argyll Air Services linking Oban, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree is due to end in May 2019.  As part of the retendering for the contract, we want people to share their suggestions and tell us about their use of our air services.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 21 September 2018.