There’s something very exciting about the start of a new year, particularly when it’s also the start of a new decade. It’s natural to take time to reflect over the past years, identify both the highs and the lows and to reminisce. Ten years ago, Bright Red was still very much in its infancy and just starting to bring innovative, fresh Study Guides into the marketplace that students, parents and teachers could depend and rely on. It’s wonderful to see how much the company has grown in that time – we’ve published more than 65 Study Guides from National 4 to Advanced Higher level and more recently, have expanded into publishing Course Books for Broad General Education.
In schools across the country, the last eighteen months have brought a whirlwind of course and exam changes at the senior phase. Here at Bright Red we have been busy updating many of our National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher books to meet the SQA changes too.
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.
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.