‘There is so much we can deliver for hard-pressed teachers & a new cohort of bright-eyed students.’

Ahead of the new term Bright Red, based in Edinburgh, give insight into the fast-paced field of education publishing in Scotland and reveal how they work to support students and teachers throughout the year with dynamic activities and initiatives delivered across print and digital.

What has happened to the summer? The last round of SQA exams and end of term sports days seem like only moments ago and yet here we are in August again, with back to school just around the corner. And let’s not talk about the weather!

Now is a busy time for us educational publishers. As teachers and students are enjoying their holidays, we are knuckling down to some hard graft. During the last few months the Bright Red office has been flat out. We have pushed on with a number of new Course Books and Study Guides for back to school publication, kicked off exciting new commissioning plans for next year and beyond and also worked hard on our exciting new gamified assessment prototype. Our small team is at full stretch and it is great to feel that there is so much we can deliver for hard-pressed teachers and a new cohort of bright-eyed students.

The Bright Red Publishing Team

Our general ethos at Bright Red is to publish accessible, engaging and high-quality resources which can be trusted by teachers and relied on by students to help them achieve their potential. This means that we not only need to stay on top of course changes, but also be creative about the look, feel and presentation of our books and digital content. We have consistently pressed forward with creative ideas and progressive innovations since Bright Red started up in 2008. We strive to develop and produce educational resources that are full of fresh ideas, crafted to the highest quality, presented effectively and supported by exemplary customer service. With more than 50 first class titles in print; a growing digital presence in our online Digital Zone; a SMART grant for development of a brand new digital assessment prototype; and a variety of awards and nominations garnered to date, we are definitely doing something right!

Alan Grierson, Director of Bright Red, with John Swinney

The last few years have been intense and challenging for everyone involved in Scottish education. Standard Grade and Intermediate exams were entirely replaced by National 4 and 5 qualifications from 2014 and the Higher and Advanced Higher courses have been entirely revamped. More changes are feeding through this summer as internal assessments are being removed from the National 5 courses to ‘ease’ the workload of teachers. These changes have impacted significantly on our current and future publication plans but it is essential that we respond to all course or examination updates to ensure that everything we offer is completely up to date.

Our creative approach to the development of new resources is proving increasingly relevant as teaching and learning methods are changing so much with the adoption of digital technology. Digital innovation in the classroom can both promote learning and stimulate higher levels of educational achievement. The Scottish Government has ambitions to raise educational attainment for all learners and to narrow the gap in attainment between the most and least disadvantaged children in Scotland. Its vision for digital learning and teaching is that ‘Scotland’s educators, learners and parents take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all’. Our latest digital project is very much focused on developing new technology to meet these ambitions.

At Bright Red, we are in an excellent position to build on all of our hard work over the last ten years. From our new Course Books to bestselling Study Guides and from the Digital Zone to our developing assessment prototype, we blend creativity, innovation and excellent content to offer something really quite different to Scotland’s students and teachers.  We are all set for the new term and we are very much looking forward to spreading the word about our print and digital resources!

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