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16+ Learning Choices: Policy and Practice Framework: supporting all young people into positive and sustained destinations


Who is this Framework for?

This Framework is for all partners - across a broad range of settings - who are involved in planning for and delivering the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence, including those involved in young people's post-16 transitions to further learning, training and employment.

Who are these partners?

All those involved in planning and delivering learning and support for young people in the Senior Phase, including:

practitioners in all learning settings, ie secondary and special schools, colleges, universities, community learning and development, voluntary organisations, private training providers, youth workers and other specialist learning providers; and

young people, their parents, carers and families, local authorities, Skills Development Scotland ( SDS) and other support agencies, professionals in other children and youth services (health, social work, police), Sector Skills Councils and employers.

What is this Framework for?

This Framework sets out the Scottish Government's policy on 16+ Learning Choices; its expectations for implementation; and clarifies the roles and responsibilities for the wide range of partners involved in supporting young people to progress into positive and sustained post-16 destinations. It is not prescriptive; rather, it offers local partnerships a useful framework for implementing and delivering post-16 learning choices . It explains to which young people an offer should be made; what constitutes an offer and what the offer process looks like. It also clarifies how success will be measured.

Local partnerships should use this framework to guide their more detailed strategic and operational planning; and to establish more formal agreements for local implementation and sustainable delivery.

Partners will wish to refer to the following documents which provide advice, guidance and policy for different aspects of Curriculum for Excellence, within which 16+ Learning Choices sits:

  • Building the Curriculum 3 - A framework for learning and teaching 1
  • Building the Curriculum 4 - skills for learning, skills for life, skills for work 2
  • Curriculum for Excellence Management Board Senior Phase Discussion Paper 3
  • Building the Curriculum 5 - Assessment Framework 4