Building a New Scotland: Education and lifelong learning in an independent Scotland

This paper sets out the Scottish Government's vision for Education and Lifelong Learning in an independent Scotland.

What our proposals mean for Scotland

With independence, there would be an enhanced approach to education and lifelong learning. The proposals in this publication could allow Scotland to:

  • tackle child poverty at source with the full powers of an independent nation, making the conditions and foundations for learning even stronger, so that every young person has the best chance possible of succeeding at school and at college, university or training
  • enhance children's rights, allowing the protections in the UNCRC Act to apply to the full breadth of functions over which our Parliament would have control
  • fully re-join the EU, allowing Scottish students to benefit from Erasmus+ once again, opening up opportunities for new collaborations for university and college staff



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