Motion on FIDA in the Scottish Parliament

Posted on 27 June 2024
We are pleased to share that FIDA's new International Sustainability Diploma was recognised by a motion in the Scottish Parliament, on 6 June. You can read the motion below:  That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) has launched a new qualification; understands that the International Sustainability Diploma is…

FIDA featured in The Herald

Posted on 27 June 2024
On Sunday 23 June, The Herald ran a double-page spread on FIDA. The article was written by James McEnaney, an education journalist known for his less-than-favourable opinions of independent school education. However, having spent time with the team here at Dollar, he has seen the clear benefit of FIDA and what we're trying to achieve…

The International Sustainability Diploma – For Learners Across Scotland

Posted on 16 May 2024
The Futures Institute at Dollar Academy has launched a new qualification – the International Sustainability Diploma. Open to learners across Scotland and beyond, the Diploma will be piloted in a number of schools in the 2024/25 session ahead of a wider launch in 2025/26.   The Diploma programme offers a different style of learning and…

FIDA’s International Sustainability Diploma has launched!

Posted on 29 April 2024
We’re delighted to announce that FIDA’s new qualification, the International Sustainability Diploma, has been credit-rated at SCQF Level 6, worth 24 points (equivalent to one Higher). This means it is recognised by UCAS, universities, colleges and employers, and will carry international recognition. The work was supported by funding from Scottish Government – something extremely rare…

James Bond Musical Extravaganza – event success!

Posted on 27 March 2024
Our inaugural fundraising event for the Futures Institute building took place on Saturday 23 March and was a huge success! Davie Christie and his hugely impressive Scottish Pops Orchestra, accompanied by professional singers, put on an absolutely fantastic performance. We couldn’t have hoped for a better night! Not only was the event an opportunity to…

Wildlife Welcome Here

Posted on 24 January 2024
The entire Junior 1 year-group at Dollar Academy is taking part in a FIDA project this year, Wildlife Welcome Here. This term, they are learning about local species under threat, from beetles and bats to lichens and hedgehogs. Next term, they will develop their own ideas to protect particular species, working with the wider community…

Cabinet Secretary’s Advisers Meet With FIDA

Posted on 19 December 2023
We were pleased to welcome three of Jenny Gilruth MSP's senior advisers to Dollar at the beginning of December to learn more about FIDA. Jenny Gilruth is the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and the visit followed the publication in June of both the Hayward Report, which made recommendations to ministers about the future…

The FIDA Sustainability Diploma

Posted on 19 December 2023
UPDATE 24/01/2024: The development of our new qualification – the FIDA Sustainability Diploma – is progressing at pace. We are pleased to share that Glasgow Clyde College will be our Credit Rating Body. They are now working closely with us to ensure that our Diploma meets the criteria to be credit-rated on the SCQF at…

FIDA Home Transformers Project

Posted on 22 November 2023
The FIDA Home Transformers Challenge, a project developed by Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) in collaboration with the Sustainability team at Barratt Developments, challenged 34 pupils from four secondary schools across Clackmannanshire and Stirling to survey an 1860s cottage that is currently in a state of disrepair, and develop a plan to transform and…

Dollar Academy signs Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Stirling

Posted on 13 November 2023
Dollar Academy and The University of Stirling have joined forces to progress FIDA's pioneering approach to education in Scotland. Dollar Academy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the University of Stirling to formalise their shared commitment to furthering the vision and objectives of the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) and Scotland’s…

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