A 21st Century Education Service


I’ve been thinking about my own vision for a 21st century education for all children and young people and I quickly decided that it should start with some thoughts on local authority service delivery. It must accommodate, anticipate and respond to change effectively; it must realise maximum benefits as opportunities arise; being dynamic and flexible. I’ll blog more about this later as I would like to dig a bit deeper into this – I’ll call the blog Key Priorities so that you can watch out for it.

The Education Service must allow all children and young people to realise their full potential; to develop and to grow; to be safe and to be happy. This, of course, is the underlying philosophy of CfE.

It must involve children and young people in their own learning; it must be inclusive and equal.

It must be a role model for sustainability; offering extended and integrated services for children, young people and adults. This is especially important in a time of recession and poor economic stability. I’m currently investigating various (Global) models for service planning and delivery and this is likely to be my theme next month. Of course, making a vision into reality is not as easy as one would like. I’ve noted some initial thoughts on the primary objectives that I would see as being amongst the most important.

  • Improve the emotional, physical health and well-being of children and young people and those with responsibility for their care;
  • Improve literacy and numeracy skills;
  • Raise the aspirations of all young people to improve their employment and life prospects;
  • Develop supportive communities which provide opportunities for all children and young people;
  • Achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children and young people and those looked after by the local authority;
  • Remove barriers to learning; raise attainment, educational performance and recognise the achievements of all children and young people;
  • Ensure that all young people can lead safe and secure lives free from unreasonable risk.
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