Education reform: Together’s consultation response

Date: 8th February 2024
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

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The Scottish Government published a consultation for education reform last autumn. The consultation paper specifically focused on the new qualifications body and new approaches to inspection. 

Together responded to this consultation making two calls to action which were:

  • Ensure that children’s human rights are at the heart of the reforms and new systems.
  • Explore the opportunities presented by the Education Bill to bring provisions of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 within the scope of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill (now ‘Act’).

Every child (under 18) has rights under the UNCRC. This includes the right to education, the right to play, to be safe from harm and to be free from discrimination. Children’s rights are interrelated and indivisible – to fully uphold one right you must uphold them all. Accordingly Scottish Government must ensure it considers all articles of the UNCRC in the development, drafting and implementation of the Education Bill.