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Partnerships for Learning

Meeting the ambitions for the curriculum involves schools and other organisations working in learning partnerships. These partnerships can provide a coherent package of learning and support based around the individual learner and in the context of local needs and circumstances.

Local authority-led More Choices More Chances Partnerships provide a well established structure for delivering 16+ Learning Choices, with opportunities to build on the good practice which has been developed in increasing the number of young people in education, employment and training. Partnerships reach beyond post-16 transitions, but, like 16+ Learning Choices, focus on prevention - stopping young people moving into negative destinations at the end of compulsory school education; intervention - providing those who are in negative destinations with opportunities to develop the skills for learning, life and work; and sustainability - preventing young people from churning back into negative destinations. These Partnerships include the wide range of partners involved in delivering services for young people, drawing together relevant policies and strategies in a multi-agency approach. They should form an integral part of - or be linked to - Curriculum for Excellence; practice must be sustained and self-evaluation for continuous improvement should be a core component of the partnership.

Schools are at the heart of post-16 transition planning. They are, therefore, well placed to facilitate the process required to help young people make and take up effective post-16 learning choices. This will involve a range of partners and agreed approaches, building on existing good practice and established relationships.

Common partners who contribute to the planning and delivery of a Senior Phase could include 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.

There is particular focus on the roles and responsibilities of:

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