Join the National Discussion on education

Public to have their say at live events online.

Children, young people, parents, carers and teachers are being encouraged to take part in the National Discussion on Scottish education through a series of upcoming online public events.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 22 November, with further opportunities on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 1 December.

Anyone who has an interest in Scottish education is being invited to register to take part.

Those who register will be able to speak directly to internationally renowned education experts Professor Alma Harris and Professor Carol Campbell, who are acting as independent facilitators for the National Discussion

Prof Harris said: “We have had a fantastic response to the National Discussion so far, with engagement across a range of sectors, including from children and young people, teachers and parents. We are determined to be as inclusive as possible and would encourage everyone with an interest in the future of Scottish education to take part in these online public events.”

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“The vision that is created following the National Discussion will set out what education in Scotland needs to look like not only in the near future, but 20 years from now. These online sessions are a great opportunity to get involved in the Discussion and to make your views heard.”

Around 3,500 responses have been received since the Discussion was launched on 21 September.

The feedback will play a vital part in shaping the future of education. This will include the reform programme that will see the creation of three new education bodies and a review of qualifications and assessment.

The National Discussion – Let’s Talk Scottish Education – which is being co-convened by COSLA, will run until 5 December.


Join the National Discussion at the Let’s Talk Scottish Education online sessions registration page

To find out more about the National Discussion and other ways to get involved, visit the Let’s Talk Scottish Education web page

Carol Campbell, Prof of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and Prof Alma Harris, Emeritus


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