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16 & 17 Year Old Voters Oral Question, 08/10/14 [S]

During Question Time on 8 October 2014 Joan McAlpine (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what evaluation will be done of the work carried out by schools to help prepare 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum.

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotlandís Languages, Alasdair Allan replied that Education Scotland undertook an interim evaluation of a sample of primary and secondary schools between January and June 2014 to evaluate the approaches that were being adopted to promote political literacy and to prepare young people to vote in the referendum. The evaluation involved discussions with school staff, with partners including the Electoral Commission and with pupils themselves, and it found that, in best practice, schools demonstrated clear vision and strong leadership for the development of young peopleís political literacy. Education Scotland is committed to sharing that good practice more widely.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 8 October 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 8 October 2014