Boosting attainment

At Young Scot, we share your ambition to support young people to thrive, achieve and ensure they are given opportunities to be the best they can be.

Education is a fundamental and universal experience for young people. We are pleased to work with schools, universities and colleges to help all young people make the most of the opportunities available to them and to help institutions use the Young Scot National Entitlement Card to tackle inequality and boost attainment.


Working with schools

Getting your Young Scot National Entitlement Card is a right of passage for young people across Scotland. Thanks to the work of Local Authorities across Scotland the majority of Scotland's young people receive their Young Scot Card while in S1, S2 or P7.

Many schools are using the Young Scot Card for smart services such as cashless catering and school transport.

We also provide services to helps teacher, support workers and head teachers

  • A regular newsletter packed with opportunities for students
  • Content created with young people for young people - free to use in the classroom and as part of PSHE or in your school
  • Display information for students on how to the get the most out of Young Scot's services and the Young Scot Card
  • Co-design sessions with schools (get in touch to discuss the latest projects).


Working with colleges and universities

There are 170,000 young people studying full or part-time at colleges and universities in Scotland. Every single one of these students is entitled to have a Young Scot National Entitlement Card and several colleges have already introduced a joint Young Scot/Matriculation Card for their students.

  • Encourage students arriving from outside of Scotland to apply for a Young Scot National Entitlement Card, to encourage them to make your area their home. We can put you in touch with your Local Authority for ways to make this happen.
  • There are loads of ways for students to get involved with Young Scot - we have loads of information to help them find out more
  • Subscribe to our social channels and newsletter to hear about opportunities for students.

The Attainment Challenge: National Strategic Partnership

Over the next three years, we will be delivering a National Strategic Partnership with the Scottish Government and three Local Authorities per year, linked primarily to the attainment challengeFor Phase 1 of the partnership from September 2017 to March 2019, the Local Authority partners are Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire and Highland Councils.

This work will allow us to scope and pilot how we can further utilise the Young Scot NEC and digital platforms in contributing towards closing the attainment gap, through targeted interventions which improve attainment and address inequalities and rural poverty.


How we can work together

Subscribe to our newsletter

As well as our monthly update, you can also request to hear about opportunities for the young people. You can help by sharing these opportunities with the young people you know.

Smart Tech

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card is powerful shared resource that can be used to tackle inequality. The Young Scot NEC can provide universal or targetted support without stigmatization. This is a hugely exciting area, get in touch to find out more.

It's free to use

Young Scot produces Scotland's best blend of information and content for young people. Tell us about your content for young people and use our content in your work and projects

Useful Resources

Young Scot Observatory

Visit the Young Scot Observatory and find out what young people think about a wide range of topics, including Education.

Tell students about our services

Digital screens are a great way to let young people know about Young Scot's services. We have created a range of handy displays for you to download and use. Contact us for a password.

Tackling Inequality

Want to know more about how we can work together to boost attainment? Or do you need a document to share with others? Download it here.


Visit for loads of great content you can use. You can also have a look at our get involved page for opportunities for young people.