Educational attainment gap - Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce


On 10 March the Education and Culture Committee held an evidence session  on the implications for schools, teachers and pupils of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.

Read the meeting papers and Official Report

The Commission’s final report was published on 3 June 2014. The Scottish Government published an implementation plan for developing Scotland’s young workforce (in the context of a new Youth Employment Strategy) on 15 December 2014.

The Committee wants to understand what would have to change in schools for the report and the implementation plan to be successful, and how they could enable all pupils to realise their full potential.

We want to hear your views

The call for views on this session is now closed.  The Committee sought views on the following questions:

  • if the Wood report were fully implemented, what the likely impact on attainment in schools would be and which pupils would benefit most;
  • the report aims to significantly enhance vocational content “without splitting young people off into separate streams at school age”. What the disadvantages of such an approach would be and how it could be avoided;
  • whether any measures other than those advocated in the report are needed to ensure more young people leave school with “high level vocational qualifications which have strong currency in the labour market”;
  • whether the report – which includes a section on improving equalities – places enough emphasis on pupils’ socio-economic inequalities and how these could be overcome; 
  • whether there would have to be significant reorganisation in schools to accommodate all the proposed changes (for example, to enable more links with colleges/ to have a greater focus on work placements);
  • What action and resources would be required to deliver the specific recommendations aimed at schools and teachers, for example:
    • teachers’ skills and knowledge may need to develop in certain areas (for example, “to better understand employability and modern work skills”);
    • closer links should be established between schools, colleges and employers (for example, “all 363 secondary schools in a long term partnership with employers within 3 years”).

Submissions received

The following submissions were received: 

What happens next?

After the Committee has gathered responses to the key themes, it will invite some people to attend a meeting to discuss the issues in more detail.  The Committee will decide who to invite in due course.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Committee's inquiry, you can contact the Education and Culture Committee clerks by emailing or by calling 0131 348 5204.