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Education Scotland launches resources to empower children

​HOW GOOD IS OUR SCHOOL? Resource and learner participation guidance 'Put pupils in driving seat'.

Education Scotland Chief Executive Gayle Gorman today (Wednesday, 25th April) visited Kirkcaldy West Primary School in Fife to launch two new resources designed to empower children throughout their learning experience.

Produced in collaboration with schools, local authorities and organisations that represent children and young people across Scotland, the How Good is Our School? resource​ aims to support schools to engage children and young people in self-evaluation and school improvement in ways that enhance learning.

Meanwhile, the Learner Participation in Educational Settings guidance, which was developed in partnership with the University of Stirling and engagement with key stakeholders, sets out how to encourage and embed participation throughout schools and early-years settings.

Education Scotland chief executive Gayle Gorman said:

“Both the How Good is Our School? resource​ and the Learner Participation Guidance​ were developed with input from young people across Scotland, with the aim of actively engaging and empowering them in learner participation".

“It is well recognised that children and young people should have the right to express their views freely in all matters that affect them, and both sets of guidance clearly set out how this can be achieved in educational settings where children and young people spend much of their time".

“We want to empower children and young people to use their ideas, skills and talents to achieve great things for themselves, with their peers and their communities. This is the heart of what highly effective learner participation is all about and these new publications will be an invalua​ble resource in this work".

Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director, said:

"I'm delighted that Fife was asked to host the launch of the "How Good is OUR School? Learner Participation resource. In this, the Year of Young People, it's excellent to see how young people's views are being taken into account when looking at how we improve our schools.

"In Fife we have a long history of making sure that decisions are made with our children and young people and not just for them. The voices of our children and young people are a vital and integral part of how we improve our schools but this resource will now help us to take this even further."

Headteacher of Kirkcaldy West Primary School, Euan Trousdale, worked with some of Fife's children and young people along with Education Scotland in the development of the toolkit from the outset.

Mr Trousdale said:

"We must never underestimate how much our children and young people are able to contribute to the planning within our schools. By giving them a voice, we can make improvements in school which work for everyone".

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