38,000 take part in National Discussion.
Findings from the biggest listening exercise ever undertaken on Scottish education have been published.
The National Discussion asked the public for their views and reached 38,000 people, including 26,000 pupils and students.
Key findings from the report All Learners in Scotland Matter: Our National Discussion include:
- the views and needs of children and young people, parents, carers, families and communities should be listened to, heard, respected, represented, engaged, and valued
- a regular curriculum review process should be established
- the future education system should capitalise upon and harness the abilities, skills, and talents of all children and young people in Scotland
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.
All Learners in Scotland Matter: Our National Discussion on Education has been published in response to Professor Ken Muir’s review: ‘Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education.’ This recommended holding a national discussion to establish a compelling and consensual vision for the future of Scottish education. The National Discussion was co-convened by the Scottish Government and COSLA.
At least 38,000 people were reached throughout the consultation, including:
- 26,000 pupils and students who attended online assemblies
- 5,671 responses received via survey responses, email and other formats.
- Over 200 group responses
- More than 80 people who attended online public events.
- More than 6,000 posts on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkScottishEducation and more than 10 million social media users saw the consultation’s hashtag.
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.