More Choices, More Chances

The Scottish Government announced yesterday at the More Choices, More Chances conference that the future of every young person in Scotland would be discussed.

The interests of all young people aged from three to 18 will be at the heart of the More Choices, More Chances event at Celtic Park in Glasgow where attendees will be discussing among many topics how they can achieve the biggest development of Scottish education for a generation.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:

“At a national level, the Government will be providing a framework for reform which will ensure that Scotland’s education system delivers the most it can for every one of our young people, with additional support and guidance for those who need it.

“However, the responsibility for bringing Curriculum for Excellence to life is a shared one.

“Effective reform must come from local authorities taking ownership and working with schools, teachers and other partners. It is teachers and those working directly with young people who are best placed to meet the needs of individual learners and school leaders and local authorities have a responsibility to provide support in helping them deliver.”

The Consultation on the Next Generation of Qualifications for Scotland’s Young People will also be launched at the event. The document will outline the proposed revised qualifications framework which is another key element of Curriculum for Excellence.

Count Us In: Improving the education of our looked after children

HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE)

The launch of ‘Count us in: Improving the education of our looked after children’ (HMIE, June 2008) took place on 10 June at the All Bar None Conference be held in Celtic Park, Glasgow.

‘Count Us In: Improving the education of our looked after children’ reports on inspection activity, including visits to a sample of fourteen local authorities, carried out in 2006-07 to assess the progress being made in improving educational outcomes for looked after children. This work was designed to complement the key messages and themes emerging from the discussions which led to ‘Looked after children and young people: we can and must do better’. The report contains evaluations of practice and, most importantly, provides examples of good practice and ‘signposts for improvement’ which local authorities and their partners can use as they continue to improve outcomes for looked after children and young people.