What’s not changing at the moment? The world seems to be in a state of flux. Zoom right in on Scottish education and it is a similar picture. Teacher workloads and salaries are often in the spotlight, the introduction of primary testing is a hot topic and the challenges around increasing attainment are never far from the headlines either. It can be quite hard to keep up with it all.
2018 marks our tenth year of Bright Red Publishing and we are so thrilled to be recognised as a company that produces high quality, effective Study Guides with Scottish students and teachers at the heart of everything we do. The last ten years have been challenging amidst many qualifications changes but also incredibly rewarding and we are delighted to have sold our one millionth book this year! Of course, none of this would be possible without our loyal authors and suppliers, as well as the incredible support of parents, teachers and students. Although the Bright Red team itself is made up of six people, we have a network of people who help us get our books to press and out into the world – from our wonderful authors, to printers, typesetters, reviewers, booksellers and so on.
It’s been just under a year since I followed my heart up to Scotland and left behind my home of twenty-something years in Surrey and working life in London. I swapped my daily train commute for a short walk through the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and life in a huge corporation to one in an independent company. I moved house, companies and countries in the space of one weekend, which looking back was madness, but at the time seemed the most logical thing to do – to immerse myself in my new life up in Scotland.
The change from the old Technological Studies to Engineering Science can no doubt be seen as a good thing – pupil numbers have gone up, achievement and attainment has gone up, and schools that dropped the old course years ago for one reason or another are now offering Engineering Science. From 2014 to 2015 an additional 40% of pupils took up Engineering Science.
At a certain point in life – let’s just call it early middle age – birthdays can feel somewhat understated. With the exuberance of coming of age at 18 and 21, the growing up marker of 30 and the landmark 40 firmly under your belt (this writer’s certainly), personal celebrations get a little more routine. At the same time, other people’s birthdays start to become far more interesting as they grow up or hit some of the milestones mentioned above.
Next month, we are publishing a fantastic new course book for National 5 English. In this blog post, Dr Christopher Nicol, one of our bestselling authors, suggests some ways of improving your pupils’ prose fiction.
Last month, we added to our Advanced Higher list and published a new Study Guide for Advanced Higher English, which is our July book of the month. We now have six Study Guides at this level and are delighted to have many more in the pipeline. Our Advanced Higher English Study Guide has been written by two experienced authors, Dr Christopher Nicol and Dr Sandra Percy, who are subject experts in this field of study.