The Scottish Parliament's think-tank

Our work on education

Painted map of Scotland inscribed with text from UN Convention on the Rights of the ChildPainted map of Scotland inscribed with text from UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, produced by pupils from St Paul's RC High School in Glasgow and its feeder primary schools as part of our Scotland 2030 Programme

Since its inception, the Futures Forum has had a continuing interest in the future of education in Scotland. This page provides links to all the work we have done.

In partnership with the Goodison Group in Scotland, we have explored what would be needed for Scotland to become a world-leading learning nation, as well as how education could and should change to meet the challenges of the 2030s.

We have heard from global experts and considered education in the context of what it will be like to grow up in Scotland in the future.


  • Let’s Talk Scottish Education: A Contribution to the National Discussion

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    A contribution to the National Discussion on Scottish education from the Futures Forum and Goodison Group in Scotland.


  • Let’s Talk Scottish Education

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    A forum debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 8 November 2022 on Scottish education as part of the National Discussion on Education.


  • Education Futures: Building a vision for Scottish education

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    A discussion on 7 June 2022 with the Goodison Group in Scotland on building a compelling vision for Scottish education.


  • Education Futures: Classrooms of the Future

    Round-table discussion in March 2022 with Scottish Parliament Education Committee: How will and should the learning experience in schools continue to change alongside developments in society and technology?


  • Education Futures: Who should run Scotland’s schools?

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    Round-table discussion in February 2022 with Scottish Parliament Education Committee: In a time of change, who should run Scotland’s schools?


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

    Conference asking participants to take a step back from the day-to-day challenges of Covid-19 and consider the future: where next for education in Scotland?


  • Where next for education in Scotland? Videos and additional material

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    As part of our conference with the Goodison Group in Scotland “What’s next for education in Scotland?” , we were keen to highlight the great work and innovation already possible in Scottish education and learning,…


  • Scotland 2030: Future Schooling, Education and Learning

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    What could schooling, education and learning look like in 2030 and beyond? Read the Schooling, Education and Learning report Starting with this question, the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland’s Futures Forum have been exploring…


  • Scotland 2030: Future Schooling, Education & Learning – Report & Film

    View of pupils from St Paul's RC High School in Glasgow and its feeder primary schools filming a short film about education in 2030.

    Tuesday 10 March 2020, at the Scottish Parliament Read the Schooling, Education and Learning report To mark the publication of the Futures Forum and Goodison Group in Scotland report exploring the future of education in…


  • Finnish Lessons: Olli-Pekka Heinonen

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    Wednesday 4 March 2020, at the Scottish Parliament In conjunction with the David Hume Institute, Scotland’s Futures Forum held a seminar in March 2020 with Olli-Pekka Heinonen, the Director General at the Finnish National Agency…


  • Leadership in Education

    Tuesday 10 September and Thursday 30 January 2020, at the Scottish Parliament Read the Scotland 2020: Leadership in Education report Scotland’s Futures Forum and the Goodison Group in Scotland continued their exploration of education in…


  • Scotland 2030: Future Education Scenario

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    With the Goodison Group in Scotland, the Futures Forum has been investigating the future for schooling, education and learning in Scotland, looking to 2030 and beyond. In a series of interactive seminars, participants from a…


  • Scotland 2030: Leadership in Education

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    Tuesday 11 June 2019, at the Scottish Parliament This seminar, chaired by Sir Andrew Cubie, was the second in a series of debates focusing on leadership in education, particularly leadership of change. It featured a…


  • Scotland 2030: Leadership in Education

    View the Leadership in Education report On Tuesday 12 March 2019, the Futures Forum and the Goodison Group in Scotland continued their exploration of schooling and learning in the future. Bringing together representatives from business,…


  • Scotland 2030: Secondary Education

    Future Schooling, Education and Learning: Goodison Group in Scotland Forum Debate Tuesday 13 November 2018, at the Scottish Parliament The Goodison Group in Scotland and the Futures Forum continued their exploration of schooling and learning…


  • Scotland 2030: Primary School

    Vision of a future school: the Hive

    Future Schooling, Education and Learning: Goodison Group in Scotland Forum Debate On Tuesday 19 June 2018, the Goodison Group in Scotland and the Futures Forum continued their exploration of schooling and learning in the future,…