Our four priorities for education have served us well. These will continue to drive our work with the addition of 'wellbeing' - recognising the increasing importance that positive wellbeing plays in all our lives.
- Raising attainment and achievement through Glasgow's Improvement Challenge
- Continue to improve how we meet the wellbeing, learning and care needs of children before they go to school and as they progress through school, including how we support their families;
- As we move towards a Nurturing City, continue to improve how we meet the needs of children and young people, particularly with additional support needs; and
- Make best use of our finance and resources to help ensure the best outcomes possible for our children and young people
As we move out of the pandemic, it is important that we seize the opportunity to build on our strengths and our learning from the pandemic experience and not revert to 'business as usual'.
We agree with the emerging views on wellbeing being central to a young person's success in education - happy learners are successful learners. Our commitment to nurture demonstrates that we have always placed a high priority on wellbeing.
Hence, why we want to develop 'Glasgow's Framework for Wellbeing and Learning'. It is not possible to separate wellbeing and learning.
Our commitment to providing children and young people with a breadth of learning experiences shows that we recognise that. Given that we want the best possible outcomes for each and every young person, education is so much more than qualifications.
A number of years ago, we set ourselves the ambition to be a Nurturing City. Nurturing approaches are embedded in classrooms and playrooms across the city. Our success in being compassionate and caring has led to improved outcomes for children and young people. This is increasingly being recognised across the UK and beyond.
We have reflected on our achievements to date and want to build on this success.
Some of our achievements:
- We have raised attainment with more young people than ever before achieving national qualifications
- In 2007, 28% of the S4 cohort achieved one or more award at level 6 by the end of S5, in 2020, this was 60.3%.
- In 2007, 5% of the S4 cohort achieved five or more awards at level 6 by the end of S5, in 2020, this was 18.8%.
- In 2007, 21.6% of our school leavers went to higher education, in 2020, 41.4% went to higher education at college or university.
- More young people than ever before are remaining in a positive destination after they leave school - our sustained positive destination figure of 92.2% is our highest ever.
- We have reduced exclusions year on year since 2007 - overall a 94% reduction
- In 2020/21, only 0.15% of primary children and 0.92% of secondary young people were affected by exclusion.
- We have continued to provide an outstanding range of opportunities for our children and young people to lead and influence the life of the school
- Pre-pandemic, we had increased the numbers of young people achieving a Duke of Edinburgh award year on year. Between 2012 and 2018 there has been a six-fold increase in the overall numbers of DofE awards achieved in Glasgow; and an increase of 524% in the number of awards achieved by those young people living in the 20% most disadvantaged communities.
- Increasing numbers of young people achieve Sports Leadership Awards and become Sports Ambassadors in their schools.
- In 2019, we introduced our first cohort of modern apprentices into our Active Schools team.
- In primary schools, our children lead eco committees, are Junior Road Safety Officers, lead Active Play sessions, are peer mediators, anti-bullying mentors, digital leaders - the list goes on.
- In secondary schools, we welcome mentors into all our secondary schools to work with young people experiencing disadvantage.
- Through our Connected Learning programme, we have issued over 55,000 iPads to children, young people and staff. Every school and nursery has a Digital Leader of Learning.
Help us shape our Framework for Wellbeing and Learning
We want to hear your views on our Framework for Wellbeing and Learning.
There are two papers to help you with this; Glasgow's Framework Wellbeing Learning 2021 [721kb] and Leading the conversation [656kb].
By taking five minutes to complete this short survey you can let us know what you think about our Framework.
The survey will stay open until the end of November and each month we will produce a summary paper which shows some of the views that we have gathered.
Feedback from our Improvement Service
Staff from our Improvement Service have already completed the survey. Here are some examples of what they told us:
What do you want for Glasgow's children and young people?
What are some experiences that you would like our children and young people to experience while in education in Glasgow?
What key skills do you think we need to develop in order to meet the 6 competencies in Glasgow's Wellbeing and Learning Framework?