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Why is lifelong learning important to Scotland’s young people?

young person learning Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformational change in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3-18 with learners' needs at the heart of planning and delivery and designed to enable all young people to develop the four capacities. In doing so, it will offer better educational outcomes for all young people, providing More Choices and More Chances for those who need them.

The design of Curriculum for Excellence enables schools and their partners to build a flexible system that offers personalisation and choice to meet the needs of all children and young people, wherever their learning is taking place. It also provides clear and supported pathways for young people to make successful transitions and to continue learning beyond compulsory schooling. In the Senior Phase - broadly 15-18 - it will become more common for a young person to learn through a range of providers, including schools, colleges, universities, community learning and development, youth work and in other less formal settings. This makes it particularly important to ensure that all young people can experience a coherent curriculum in the full range of settings.

In delivering these entitlements, partners should take account of the local economy and labour markets, ensuring that young people have access to opportunities which enable them to develop the skills, knowledge and enterprising attitudes they will need to meet the challenges of life and work in the 21st century. This will be particularly important in responding to the disproportionate impacts of recession on young people and the pressure on the opportunities available to them. Those who leave school at the earliest opportunity are more likely to experience significant periods of disengagement and unemployment in later years. 16+ Learning Choices will help to counter this by providing opportunities for young people to develop the skills they will need for the future.

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