The Scottish Parliament's think-tank

Future Schooling, Education and Learning: Where next for education in Scotland?

Drawing of a school with UNCRC

Through 2020 and into 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic has challenged us in many ways. In education, incredible change has taken place to react to the public health restrictions and to continue to provide education as well as possible in trying times.

This conference, held by the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland’s Futures Forum over two online sessions in November 2020 and February 2021, asked participants to take a step back from dealing with the day-to-day challenges and consider the future:

As we continue to deal with this current reality, will the next normal in education follow the current approach to formal education and schooling but doing this more effectively? Or, as a society, will we take the opportunity to review the purpose of education and school to ensure it is relevant and sustainable for the 21st century?

To tackle these questions, a mix of people came together from the GGiS and Futures Forum community, including children and young people, educationalists, academics, people from business, the third sector and government.

Following on from the Futures Forum and GGiS project “Scotland 2030: Future Schooling, Education and Learning“, the conference explored the change that had happened already due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the change that was now possible.

Both sessions followed the format of input, breakout groups and plenary feedback.

Videos and additional materials

As part of our conference, we were keen to highlight the great work and innovation already possible in Scottish education and learning, including anything that has been introduced because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Creative Bravery Festival Team described these as ‘pockets of the future in the present.’ 

We had a great response to our call for short videos, and we present them and some additional materials on a dedicated hub.