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OECD Report a Chance to Put Rights at the Heart of Scottish Education

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has today published its review into Scottish education. The Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence : Into the Future report gives 12 recommendations which Shirley-Anne Sommerville MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education confirmed the Scottish Government will adopt in full. Alongside this, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will be replaced and Education Scotland substantially reformed.

In reaction, Josh Kennedy MSYP, and Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament said:

“This OECD report offers Scottish education an opportunity to reset its priorities going forward and to put children and young people’s rights at its heart. To achieve this will require bravery and determination from those in power.

“As we look towards the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law, Scotland has a genuine opportunity to build a country that’s the best place in the world to grow up. But this will only be possible if our education system is reformed to ensure it genuinely meets the needs of children and young people. Now is the time to build a system that does that, starting with meaningfully involving children and young people at the earliest possible stage of the building this new specialist agency and cementing their views at the centre of it.”

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