Findings from Scotland's National Discussion on education published

A report summarising the findings of Scotland's National Discussion on education has been published.

National Discussion events took place across Scotland between September 21 and December 5 last year. These were led by schools, community groups, local authorities and third sector organisations.

The discussion reached 38,000 people, including 26,000 pupils and students. The resulting report, All Learners in Scotland Matter: Our National Discussion, says that the views and needs of children and young people, parents, carers, families and communities should be listened to, heard, respected, represented, engaged, and valued.

It also highlights that a regular curriculum review process should be established and the future education system should capitalise upon and harness the abilities, skills, and talents of all children and young people in Scotland.

Education Secretary Jenny Gilruth said: “The National Discussion has prompted around 38,000 people across Scotland to make their voices heard about the future of education. The engagement was wide-ranging and encompassed views that can too often be overlooked.

“The central message of the report, that all learners in Scotland matter, will now be the guiding vision that underpins our programme of education reform.

"I am grateful to everyone who took part, including the schools, community groups, local authorities and third sector organisations that hosted events. This vision is the starting point as we look to the future. The challenge for all of us in Scottish education now is to work together to make this vision a reality."

The independent report was commissioned by the Scottish Government and COSLA and facilitated by Professor Carol Campbell and Professor Alma Harris, who are both members of the International Council of Education Advisers.

Professor Campbell: “It has been a great privilege to facilitate the National Discussion. I am delighted that the vision for All Learners in Scotland Matter will be central to ensuring an ambitious, supportive, and inclusive Scottish education system."

Professor Harris said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the National Discussion. Every single contribution has been hugely valuable and has enabled us to develop the vision, values, and Call to Action that will shape the future landscape of education in Scotland."

Councillor Tony Buchanan, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson said: “I am delighted so many got involved in the discussion and would like to thank Professor Harris, Professor Campbell and all the children, young people, parents/carers and school staff who took part. COSLA’s Children and Young People Board are set to consider the findings of this discussion when they meet this week, and we are looking forward to working with our partners across the education system as we respond.”

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