Argyll and Bute celebrates Year of Young People

Argyll and Bute Council’s Youth Services Team has created a calendar full of activities and events to celebrate some of the reasons young people love living and growing up in Argyll and Bute, and to coincide with 2018 being the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.


A consultation was carried out with 1,055 young people across the area, where they were given the opportunity to choose the top ten reasons they like Argyll and Bute.


The results were:

1 Safety;

2 Outdoors;

3 Easy to stay in touch;

4 Nature;

5 Quiet and peaceful;

6 Beautiful;

7 Freedom;

8 Sport/recreation;

9 Opportunities;

10 Easy to get involved.

An exciting programme of events was then developed with these in mind and includes a dance show, a photography project, a comedy and confidence workshop, a film festival, and lots more.


The events also coincide with the six key themes of the Year of Young People, which are: Culture, health and wellbeing, equality and discrimination, enterprise and regeneration, participation, and education.


The Council’s Policy Lead for Education  said; “The Year of Young People aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing the contribution they make to their communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.


“Here in Argyll and Bute we have young people to be proud of – young people who are great ambassadors for the area, and who work hard to make Argyll and Bute the wonderful place it is.


“It is fantastic that we will be hosting a whole range of events to celebrate them, their achievements, and why Argyll and Bute is great place to live, work and learn.”


The Year of Young People Plan for Argyll and Bute will be officially launched at the Argyll and Bute Awards in Helensburgh on 31 January 2018.

full list of events in Argyll and Bute,

Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard – Engage for Education

Source: Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard – Engage for Education

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Closing the attainment gap in education and raising the bar for all is the key priority of the Scottish Government.

As part of our wider reforms, over 2,300 schools have already benefited from receipt of Pupil Equity Funding – which provides support to those schools who need it most and empowers headteachers to spend it on additional staff and resources at their discretion. As at September 2017, 507 FTE teachers have been recruited through the Pupil Equity Fund.

In 2018-19, the Scottish Government will:

  • allocate £179 million to local authorities through the Attainment Scotland Fund, and continue to allocate £750 million over the term of the Parliament.

This will include:

  • £120 million directly to headteachers through the Pupil Equity Funding
  • £59 million in Attainment Scotland funding, which will continue to provide targeted support for those authorities and schools supporting children and young people in greatest need
  • protect local authority core revenue budgets in cash terms, to reduce pressure on education and other budgets
  • provide £10 million to organisations that provide support to children and young people with complex additional support needs
  • deliver key commitments in the STEM Education and Training Strategy, by supporting public science engagement initiatives, including science centres and festivals and a new national STEM engagement campaign
  • commit an overall funding package of £88 million in the local government finance settlement to support both achieving a pupil teacher ratio at a national level and ensuring that places are provided for all probationers who require one under the teacher induction scheme
  • provide an additional £24 million to fully cover the 2017 teachers’ pay offer