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National Performance

Scotland Performs

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Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens

Why is this National Outcome important?

We are committed to a fairer Scotland, and to ensuring that every child is able to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need to flourish in life, learning and work. This National Outcome expresses the four agreed purposes of education in Scotland, as defined by Curriculum for Excellence. It captures our aspiration for every learner in every school in Scotland.

By improving educational outcomes for all children and young people we can support them to become confident, successful, responsible and effective learners prepared with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to be successful adults. This supports the economic growth of the country, improving opportunities for all. Nationally, it is essential for Scotland’s future that we enable every child to achieve his or her potential.

What will influence this National Outcome?

This outcome is influenced by the work of everyone involved in the education of children and young people in Scotland: across a wide range of professional roles; from a local to a national level; and with a crucial contribution from parents and carers.

Teacher professionalism is key. The quality of teachers and school leaders is crucial to the success of our education system. It is, therefore, vitally important that we support the development of a teaching profession in Scotland that is able to deliver quality educational experiences for all children and young people.

Education Scotland provides a range of support for teachers implementing Curriculum for Excellence. Through inspections, Education Scotland evaluates and reports on how well schools are helping learners develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need.

What is the Government's role?

The Government’s role in school education is primarily to provide leadership, support and challenge to the education system, to bring about sustained improvement in outcomes, building on a series of strong foundations for success:

  • A coherent, flexible and child-focused curriculum which sets higher standards for achievement than ever before through Curriculum for Excellence

  • A professional and highly skilled teaching workforce including implementation of Teaching Scotland’s Future

  • Improving the breadth of opportunities available to children and young people to experience high quality work-focused learning and develop their skills for work through our Youth Employment Strategy

  • Building new schools and improving existing schools through our Schools for the Future programme

  • Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools through the Scottish Attainment Challenge and implementation of a national network of Attainment Advisers

  • Developing and implementing a National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education to ensure that our education system is continually improving, all children are being equipped with the skills they need and that we are making progress in closing the attainment gap

Related Strategic Objectives



Wealthier and Fairer

Related National Indicators

up knowledge exchange from university research

d Improve the skill profile of the population

 Reduce underemployment

up Reduce the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage

 Reduce the pay gap

l Increase the proportion of pre-school centres receiving positive inspection reports

l Increase the proportion of schools receiving positive inspection reports

down Improve levels of educational attainment

 Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work

l Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations

up Improve children's Services

up Improve children's dental health

down Increase the proportion of healthy weight children

l Improve mental wellbeing

d Improve people's perceptions about the crime rate in their area

d Reduce the proportion of individuals living in poverty

l Reduce children's deprivation

 Improve people's perceptions of their neighbourhood