Informed Scotland May 2023 – All Learners Matter

The hottest topic in May was publication of the National Discussion on Education – Final report. The National Discussion was led by Prof Carol Campbell and Prof Alma Harris, who describe the scale of the response as ‘unprecedented in the history of engagement about the Scottish education system’.

We now wait to see what impact its findings might have. The Scottish Government and COSLA, who launched the Discussion in September 2022, are to ‘consider the report … and work to ensure that the vision for Scottish education is realised for all learners’.

Other items to highlight this month:

This edition marks Informed Scotland’s 11th anniversary!
As ever at this time, it’s interesting to recall what was shaping the learning & skills landscape back in May 2012, with an eye to what’s changed – or not:

  • Youth unemployment was a shocking 23.1% (now 6.1%).
  • Education Scotland had just audited secondary school preparations for implementing Curriculum for Excellence.
  • The regionalisation of Scotland’s 41 colleges was underway (now 26 in 13 regions).
  • The Scottish Parliament was set to increase free early learning & childcare from 475 to 600 hours per year (now 1,140 hours).
  • A Scottish Parliament committee concluded that the attainment gap for looked after children was ‘unacceptably wide’.
  • And there was no mention of green skills or energy transition in a press release for Scottish Enterprise’s new Oil & Gas Strategy 2012 2020: Maximising our Future.

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