Future Schooling Title

What are our aspirations for education and learning in 2030 and beyond? What could become a reality? What are the implications for education and learning if the future is uncertain and/or continues to change rapidly? What capacities would people of all ages need to develop to thrive in this type of environment? How could/should education and learning contribute, help shape our culture and society in 2030 and beyond?


The main objectives of this Goodison Group in Scotland project will be to:

  • look to 2030 and beyond to consider what will be required from schooling, education, learning processes and structures to meet the needs of individuals, a future workforce and Scotland in general
  • extrapolate the values, behaviours and conditions required for change to be organic and timely
  • develop scenarios/insights geared to provide an informed context for longer term policy and practice. It is hope these scenarios/insights will also have resonance in the shorter term- future proofing
  • demonstrate how education and learning contribute to culture and society


The scope of this programme includes consideration of pre-school, primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education and learning. Looking at different life stages and exploring, what, how, who, when and where education, learning and development should take place.

  • Phase 1 will focus on pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education and learning
  • Phase 2 will focus on adult education and learning, including development as part of an individual’s career journey, personal development in general and in retirement.


Click below for information on the first event in the project, a discussion on the curriculum in 2030 with Professor Mark Priestley from the University of Stirling.

GGiS Debate on Education in 2030 - 21 March 2017

Click below for information on the second event in the project, a reflection on the March discussion.

GGiS Debate on Education in 2030 - 13 June 2017

Click below for information on the third event in the project, a consideration of the economic context.

GGiS debate on education in 2030 - 5 September 2017


This work will be informed by research and data including the outcomes/knowledge base delivered by the earlier Goodison Group in Scotland with Scotland’s Futures Forum on Scotland 2025: A World-leading Learning Nation

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