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We know improvements are necessary but I’m determined our education system becomes world class, says John Swinney

Deputy First Minister John Swinney (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)
Deputy First Minister John Swinney (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

CURRICULUM For Excellence has always been about providing Scotland’s young people with a comprehensive, rounded education that prepares them to thrive and to succeed, not just at school, but in life.

It has been endorsed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and I am confident it is the right approach for Scotland.

The most recent set of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results show our 15-year-olds are above the OECD average in collaborative problem solving and have key strengths in the skills that are necessary for contributing to today’s society.

The SQA exam results from earlier this year also demonstrated strength in our education system with more than 150,000 Higher passes and 50,000 achievement awards.

We should be proud of all that our young people achieve, and of our teachers and staff who work hard, day in day out, to deliver results.

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We know where improvements are necessary and we are undertaking the biggest and boldest set of reforms to Scottish Education in recent times.

Some children and young people need additional support.

Education authorities must identify, provide for, and review pupils’ needs, including those arising from English as an additional language.

The OECD has commended Scotland’s inclusive approach to migrant students, particularly their levels of achievement.

We are also working with key partners to improve access to technology and how it is used to enhance children’s learning.

We have a good education system – I am determined it becomes world class and gives our children and young people the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in learning, life and work.