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National Discussion FAQs

What is the National Discussion?

The National Discussion is a Scottish Government led consultation where everyone who has an interest in the future of Scotland’s education system is invited to have their say. The discussion will conclude on 5th Dec 2022 with a report expected in Spring 2023.

How can my school take part in the National Discussion?

There are many different ways in which your school can gather the learner voice as part of the National Discussion. Submissions can be made through the online survey, e-mail or through social media. Full details are available at the end of this page.

What is the purpose of the live National Discussion sessions?

The live sessions are designed to start the process of getting young people thinking about the future of schools and education. The aim is to stimulate creative thinking and prepare classes to participate in the main National Discussion process.

Who are the sessions for?

The sessions are open to all Scottish learners in both primary & secondary sectors.

What does the programme of sessions look like?

Do schools need to attend more than one main session?

Learners need only attend one of the main sessions as the format for each of these will be identical.

How long are the sessions?

It is anticipated that each session will last approximately 30 minutes.

What format will the sessions take?

Each session will be a live broadcast delivered by a main presenter with opportunities for learners to interact and share their thinking. Some sessions will also include pre-recorded inputs from learners to stimulate discussion. Interaction will be via the chat function and other online tools. A microphone and camera is not required.

Do schools need to register?

Schools are encouraged to sign-up for the sessions using the links below:

Which platform will be used to deliver sessions?

How should schools prepare for the sessions?

Schools/classes can choose to join sessions using a single device connected to an interactive whiteboard or through individual learner devices. Schools participating in the live sessions are encouraged to ensure learners have pens and paper to hand which will allow for them to capture their thoughts and ideas.

Using A4 paper may make it easier to bulk scan the class response as a consultation submission. You may prefer to use large sheets of paper should you wish to adopt a group work approach. Please see below for details on how to share your learners’ views.

What support is in place to allow for learners with additional support needs to participate in the sessions?

In order to make each of the main sessions as accessible as possible, a British Sign Language interpreter will be alongside the presenter in each of the four main sessions. Sessions broadcast on the 16th November will have closed captions added after the event. Captioned recordings will be uploaded to the e-Sgoil website and be available up until the 5th of December.

Can schools engage with the National Discussion without participating in the live sessions?

Live sessions are entirely optional and are additional to whatever schools and local authorities have already planned. They are intended to flag 'this is important', to stimulate creative thinking, and to empower learners and their teachers to contribute more readily.

Where can I find out more information?

The most up-to-date information on National Discussion Live sessions can be found on the e-Sgoil website here and through e-Sgoil and Education Scotland social media channels.

What if the live session times do not suit my school?

What resources are available for learners unable to engage in the live sessions?

A Thinglink has also been created for use by educators working with Early Years and lower end Primary school aged children. It has been specifically designed with children between the ages of 3 to 7 in mind but it can also be used with children and young people of all ages who may respond best to this approach.

How can schools share learners’ views?

Learner voice can be captured in a number of different ways (e.g. piece of writing, drawing, poster, photo). There are 3 different ways in which this can be fed into the consultation:

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