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"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for June 2013

North Lanarkshire Youth Council

Jun. 28th 2013

On Thursday the North Lanarkshire Youth Council were invited to attend First Ministers Questions at the parliament. The group was made up of young people from Cumbernauld, Airdrie, Wishaw, Coatbridge, Bellshill and Motherwell, some of which were part of the Parliament’s Peer Education programme ‘Connect’ and others were elected as MSYPs in March. These new MSYPs will attend their first Scottish Youth Parliament Sitting this weekend. After FMQs they had a tour of the parliament and the opportunity to meet with MSPs from the Central Scotland region for a Q&A. Topics discussed included local transport, same-sex marriage and votes for 16 & 17 year olds.

Margaret with the young people from North Lanarkshire and fellow Central Scotland MSP, Mark Griffin.

General Teaching Council for Scotland

Jun. 28th 2013

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) were in the parliament this week to highlight a new initiative called: ‘Profession Update.’ The GTCS were asked by the Scottish Government to introduce a scheme of professional review and development for teachers which has held to Professional Update’s introduction. The scheme will ensure that teachers consider their own development needs while ensuring that high standards are maintained.

Professional Update pilot programmes have been launched in North Lanarkshire and a number of other local authorities so that the GTCS can gather information about the practical operation of a scheme of Professional Update and how it will support teachers in the Professional Review and Development process.

For more information about the development of Professional Update visit: www.gtcs.org.uk


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