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Senior Phase Transitions

One of the roles of the MCMC team is to implement the Senior Phase offer as defined in the Curriculum for Excellence[1]

The Senior Phase will offer young people the opportunity to extend and deepen their education as they build their portfolio of qualifications which recognises their learning, enables them to continue to develop skills and offers pathways to the next stage – whether that is further or higher education, training or employment.

The expectation would be that this would encourage all young people to stay in learning post-16 is the best way of ensuring their long-term employability and contribution to society, as is made clear in the skills strategy. That is why positive and sustained progression post-16 are one of the indicators in the national performance framework.

  • The model for 16+ Learning Choices ensures that every young person has an appropriate, relevant, attractive offer of learning made to them, well in advance of their school leaving date. This is an offer for 16+ Learning Choices by local authorities and their partners to all young people.
  • For some young people  as part of their curricular choices and personal learning pathways this will mean staying in school for S5 and S6; for others it will mean further or higher education, work-based learning, volunteering, or learning in a community or third sector setting.
  • For 16+ Learning Choices to work for young people, it requires three key elements to be in place: the right learning provision, which is largely the responsibility of local authorities and their partners as they implement Curriculum for Excellence; the right information, advice and guidance, in which Skills Development Scotland will play a central role; and the right financial support, so young people are able to choose the learning that is right for them rather than the options which may seem most affordable.


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