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Our strategic goals


Education Scotland's vision is that Scottish learners will progress in one of the most effective education systems in the world, renowned for the ability of national and local partners to work flexibly together to achieve high-quality and equitable outcomes for all.


The mission which Education Scotland is pursuing in order to realise this vision is summarised as being 'to provide the best blend of national support and challenge to inspire and secure continuous improvement in the opportunities that all Scottish learners can access'.

Strategic objectives

In prioritising Education Scotland's work for the next three years we have focused on the areas in which we believe we can make the strongest contribution, drawing on our unique role in the system. We have defined this contribution in terms of six strategic objectives:

  1. Build a world-class curriculum for all learners in Scotland
  2. Promote high-quality professional learning and leadership amongst education practitioners
  3. Build the capacity of education providers to improve their performance continuously
  4. Provide independent evaluation of education provision
  5. Influence national policy through evidence-based advice
  6. Improve our organisational capability and invest in our people.

Each strategy exists to help all Education Scotland staff and our key stakeholders align their work to make the biggest possible impact. When planning and delivering our work, we will use these strategies to ask ourselves whether what we are doing, or the way we are doing it, can be further improved to have even more impact.

Strategy papers have been developed to support the implementation of our Corporate Plan:

Strategy papers are also being developed in other areas. Our International Strategy seeks to affirm our commitment to preparing today's learners for a global future. Download our International Engagement Strategy document:

PDF file: International Engagement Strategy (413 KB)

Alignment with the National Performance Framework

Education Scotland is fully committed to ensuring that our activities as a public body make a strong and effective contribution to the Scottish Government's over-arching national purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish through sustainable economic growth.

All of our business activities are organised within thematic delivery programmes. Each programme is aligned to one or more of Education Scotland's six strategic objectives and will support and contribute to the achievement of a number of the Scottish Government National Outcomes.

Overall, our work will contribute most directly to the following outcomes:

  • National Outcome 3: We are better educated, more skilled and more successful, renowned for our research and innovation.
  • National Outcome 4: Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
  • National Outcome 5: Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.
  • National Outcome 8: We have improved the life chances for children, young people and families at risk.
  • National Outcome 15: Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs.

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