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


16+ Learning Choices - key messages

16+ Learning Choices is a guaranteed offer of a place in post-16 learning for every eligible young person who wants it.

It is an integral part of Curriculum for Excellence and is central to facilitating delivery of the national indicator for positive and sustained post-16 destinations.

16+ Learning Choices is our model for helping young people stay in learning post-16, since this is the best way to ensure their long term employability. It will help build capacity in individuals, families and communities; and will support economic growth in Scotland. Critically, it will help prevent and reduce youth unemployment.

By December 2010 16+ Learning Choices will be a universal model for all young people - generally those aged 15-18 - leaving any episode of learning, regardless of setting and including compulsory education, during the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence.

For young people, 16+ Learning Choices will translate into an offer of post-16 learning well in advance of their school leaving date and before leaving any subsequent episode of learning during the Senior Phase. In line with Curriculum for Excellence, the offer of learning will focus on personalisation and choice, reflecting individuals' needs and aspirations. Importantly it will encompass relevant supports to help young people make effective learning choices; and to progress on the path of lifelong learning.

16+ Learning Choices is for every young person and gives particular attention to those who are at risk of moving into a negative destination. Effective delivery, therefore, requires building on wider activity to support young people needing more choices and chances, embracing the principles and practice around Getting It Right For Every Child and the Additional Support for Learning Act.

From all partners, it demands multi-agency collaboration, with robust systems and shared processes to provide the right learning and support for all young people; and with ongoing tracking and monitoring of individuals, so they can access, sustain and progress in their learning choice.