The National Performance Framework sets out 11 long-term outcomes for wellbeing, and school education has a key role in contributing to these outcomes. The Scottish Government and local government have set out in a joint agreement that “improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of our Scottish education system. Our shared ambition is to close the unacceptable gap in attainment between our least and most disadvantaged children and to raise attainment for all”. Good outcomes, such as exam results and gaining valuable skills and experiences, lead to improved life chances for young people and help address inequalities.
This audit will look at school education to assess whether outcomes are improving for young people, whether the Scottish Government, councils and their partners collectively have a clear and coherent approach to improving these outcomes, how public money is being used for this and how effectively the Scottish Government, councils and their partners are evaluating performance and taking action to improve these outcomes for young people.
We aim to publish the report by spring 2020.