Scottish Government has published the 15-24 Learner Journey Review, the report of the Scottish Government's review of education provision for 15-24 year olds.
The report lists 17 recommendations to be taken forward by the Scottish Government, its agencies and the wider sector including:
• More joined-up advice and guidance on post-school options across the education sector.
• Young people to receive a better balance of work-based and academic skills informed by employer engagement, building on the success of the Developing the Young Workforce programme.
• Improved collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to enable, where appropriate, greater flexibility for young people to move from S5 to year one of a degree, from S6 to year 2, and from college into years 2 and 3 of university.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Our school leavers now have a widening range of opportunities available - from industry-led technical professional options to long standing well-established academic routes. But what is clear is there is no single route to success in life. Ensuring the right advice, support and guidance fits seamlessly around a pupil is vital. Schools, colleges, universities and employers must work together to help young people navigate what is, rightly, a wide and varied range of post-school opportunities. Taking forward these recommendations will require strong leadership across the sector but will ensure all young people are supported to take the learner journey that is right for them.”
Aileen Ponton, CEO of the SCQF Partnership, added: “I’m delighted to see that Scottish Government and stakeholders recognised the key role the SCQF has to play in supporting the learner journey. This was the theme of our recent conference and we are looking forward to playing our part in implementing the recommendations.”
Representatives from the SCQF Partnership Executive Team participated in the majority of the working groups set up to undertake the review.
A group of SCQF School Ambassadors from Clydebank High School attended the launch of the Learner Journey Review report at Edinburgh College along with Aileen Ponton. The young people took part in focus groups and spoke to Scottish Government Ministers about their own learning journeys so far and their plans for the future.
The review, established in 2016, involved young people across Scotland and engaged with schools, parents, colleges, universities, employers and a wide range of public bodies.