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Scotland: Education, curriculum and learning. The strengths, challenges and solutions in lifelong learning (IBE Working Papers on Curriculum Issues N° 13)

This paper provides a brief overview of the main strengths and challenges facing the education system in Scotland.

This paper provides a brief overview of the main strengths and challenges facing the education system in Scotland. Lifelong learning is a core value in Scotland, and this paper highlights some key policies, strategies and initiatives set out for ensuring high quality learning opportunities for learners of all ages. One clear message has emerged – in order to plan effectively for improving education systems, you first need to be clear about how well your education system is performing.

 

Issues and challenges relating to the overall education system, curriculum and learning will be familiar to those in many other countries. Globally, we share similar perspectives as we look to develop and improve to meet our education priorities. By identifying common underlying challenges, and sharing potential approaches and solutions, we can begin to determine creative initiatives that lead to effective changes for our own specific local circumstances.

 

One key challenge facing Scotland, and no doubt many other countries, is in ensuring a smooth ‘learner journey’ – from the earliest years through school and to further education, training or work. The learner journey requires effective curriculum frameworks across sectors and articulation with the needs of employers and the economy. It also needs to extend to adult learning, family learning including parenting, and encouraging those not in work to seek refreshed and new skills to help gain employment. Such a system requires careful planning and extensive, coordinated partnerships across delivery agencies. Complex – but the goals are worthy.

 

This paper provides brief, high level accounts of the strengths and challenges across this broad, lifelong learning agenda. It highlights national initiatives that set out solutions aimed at further improving Scottish education. The aspects of good practice and approaches to further innovation and improvement should aid and promote discussion.

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