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Reform of Post 16 Education, 29/02/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published the responses received in response to the consultation on post 16 education.

Among the recurring themes were:

  • The extent to which responses focused on improving and enhancing the experience of the learner, whether raising a concern with or supporting a particular proposal.
  • A prevalent concern as to whether reforms would take adequate account of the needs of more vulnerable learner cohorts such as those with additional support needs or complex needs.
  • How best to introduce and implement reforms amidst such a challenging economic climate, with its associated funding constraints. 
  • Recognition of, and support for, clear and accessible information, advice and guidance.
  • a very strong and positive endorsement of, and support for, new, more or improved collaborative working across the post-16 landscape, in order to better serve Scotland's learners.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Michael Russell, also made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on post 16 reform. He announced that advanced apprenticeship frameworks to help employers develop staff to degree level will be introduced, and confirmed the Scottish Government will introduce legislation in the next parliamentary session to take forward changes to the post-16 system.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament and Government websites.

Further Information

Report Of Responses To The Scottish Government Consultation Putting Learners At The Centre: Delivering Our Ambitions For Post-16 Education
Responses To The Scottish Government Consultation Putting Learners At The Centre: Delivering Our Ambitions For Post-16 Education
Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 February 2012
Scottish Government news release