Excite.ED in Shetland

Shetland’s young people are being asked for their opinion on the future for education in Scotland at an event in the Islesburgh Complex, Lerwick on Friday 18th November.

The Excite.ED initiative is a partnership between the national youth information and citizenship charity Young Scot; Children in Scotland, which represents the voluntary, public and private sectors; and the Scottish Youth Parliament.  The partnership’s aim is to help inform the Scottish Government’s ongoing work into raising attainment levels, and closing the gap between the country’s least and most disadvantaged young people.

Representatives from Young Scot and Shetland Islands Council Youth Services will lead a series of workshops, with topics ranging from pupils’ roles in decision-making to how to encourage more equity within schools and between pupils and teachers.

The review into the way schools are run is seeking direct input from those most affected by Scotland’s education system – children and young people themselves.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot:  “The future of schools, education and learning needs to have children and young people at the heart of the conversation and it’s vital that young people from across Scotland are involved.  It’s brilliant that young people have been given the opportunity to share their insight and their views about what matters to them about education in Shetland and across the whole of Scotland.”

Helen Budge, the SIC’s Director of Children’s Services: “I welcome this event and the engagement of young people in shaping the future delivery of education.  I really appreciate that Young Scot have been able to come to Shetland to hear the views of our young people and how our unique circumstances of a remote, rural, island location has an impact on their educational experience.”