Welcome to the new academic session. The Guidance Development Network Steering Group met on 12 September to discuss developments across the sector and plan for the year ahead. The Chair of the Network is Marie Anderson, Senor Student Adviser at Glasgow Clyde College.  If you have any ideas, suggestions, comments or anything you think we should be doing around Guidance please get in touch with either Marie at or myself, Suzanne Marshall at CDN,

Work Placement Standards for Colleges

This guidance has been developed to provide direction and highlight best practice in the college sector. It sets the expectation that all college students will benefit from high quality work placements or other workplace experience in line with the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy. The aim of this guidance is to significantly and consistently improve the future employment prospects of all students studying in colleges in Scotland.

The development of learner employability in Scotland’s colleges

This thematic aspect report by Education Scotland looks at provision in colleges for supporting learner success by focusing on the broad range of skills, behaviours, capacities and knowledge which develop learners’ ability to engage positively with employment options.

Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

 This guidance has been produced by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) for use by safeguarding leads. The new guidance has been created to support schools and colleges in developing procedures to respond confidently and quickly to incidents involving ‘youth produced sexual imagery’

Student Support

The Government’s Programme for Scotland in 2016-17 mentions that they will be undertaking a thorough review of student support in further and higher education, starting in October and reporting by autumn 2017.  We will be looking at this as more details emerge.