Scotland’s Education Minister Says Education System Is Focused on Skills and Experiences to Prepare Youth for Learning, Life and Work

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CMRubinWorld’s new interview with Scotland’s Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, highlights the challenges of a globalized world and the curriculum reforms undertaken by his government to ensure youth can fulfill its potential.

There has been a significant period of curriculum reform in Scotland. Driving this change is the development of skills, insights, and confidence to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. In a recent interview with CMRubinWorld, John Swinney says it is hugely important that Scottish students are equipped with all the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace. “And it is crucial that we give all of our young people the opportunity to help them fulfil their potential, whether that is by going to university or college, going straight into work or undertaking a modern apprenticeship. The key is giving them the options to follow that will lead to success.”

“The curriculum in Scotland,” says Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, “recognizes that learning begins at birth and continues throughout our lives. We have a pre-birth to three framework, 3-18 curriculum, and national guidance and frameworks which support adult learning and community learning and development. Together, these form the curriculum in Scotland, which is designed to help learners develop the skills they need for learning, life and work in an ever-changing world.”

Swinney further emphasizes that the role of teachers is critical. A large aspect of Scottish reform has been focused on empowering teachers “to ensure all children have the best opportunity to learn and succeed.”

Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, John Swinney held a number of posts in the Scottish National Party (SNP) at local and national level. In 1999, he became Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency’s MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election. From 1998 to 2000, he served as deputy leader of the SNP, and then as party leader between 2000 and 2004. He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. He was appointed as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution & Economy in November 2014. In May 2016, he was appointed as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

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CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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