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 you

The full powers of independence could help strengthen the conditions and foundations for an education and lifelong learning journey that works for everyone in Scotland. The proposals in this publication are designed to benefit individuals by allowing:

  • voting rights for 16 and 17 year olds to be extended to every election
  • re-joining the EU, allowing students to benefit from participation in international exchange programmes delivered through Erasmus+
  • consideration of improvements to the parental leave and pay system, with higher minimum standards than those currently set by the UK Government
  • international graduates of Scottish universities to apply to stay in Scotland for a further five years, after which they would become eligible for settlement, potentially leading to naturalisation as a citizen



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