Developing educated, responsible and informed citizens


All people in Perth and Kinross will be enabled to develop the skills required to be successful, take responsibility and make effective contributions to society.


The Challenges

To develop educated, responsible and informed citizens we will need to:-

  • Maintain high standards of attainment and achievement for all children and young people.
  • Ensure that young people leaving school continue to have positive destinations and enter employment, further education or training.
  • Ensuring there are appropriate employment opportunities for our young people who may currently leave the area to find high quality jobs in the creative and cultural sector.
  • Close the attainment gap between young people living in our most and least deprived communities.
  • Continue to provide appropriate support for young people with Additional Support Needs which allows them to reach their potential.
  • Provide English for Speakers of Other Languages training to migrants moving to Perth and Kinross, with a focus on delivery in communities.
  • Close the digital divide and ensure people have the skills and confidence to embrace digital learning and connectivity to expand their employment and life skills opportunities.
  • Re-shape services at a local level to support those furthest from the job market back into education, training or employment.
  • Increase the number of volunteers and community groups, to build community capacity and cohesion.
  • Increase the numbers of young people and adults speaking Gaelic.

What we are doing

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At CPP level we have a number of key plans and strategies in place or under development to achieve these strategic objectives, with a strong emphasis on local and regional collaboration, and joint resourcing.

The new Tayside Plan for Children, Young People and Families 2017-2020 will support every child in Tayside to fulfil their potential by meeting their specific needs, including additional and complex needs, through effective integrated working across all relevant public services.

The National Improvement Framework (NIF) for Scottish Education is a key driver for our work, focusing on raising attainment for all children and young people and addressing inequalities which prevent our most disadvantaged youngsters from achieving their full potential.  The Raising Attainment Strategy (RAS) 2016-19 sets out how we will achieve this and will also address the recommendations of our Fairer Futures report, including equal access to participation in a range of activities, including sport and culture.

The Career Education Scotland Standard 3-18 sets out a range of entitlements for all children and young people aged three to 18, designed to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce initiative sets out to reduce youth unemployment, and develop the workforce by providing young people with learning, which is directly relevant to getting a job.  This benefits individuals, and improves the economy through increased youth employment.

The Scottish Government Statement of Ambition for adult and community learning sets out three core principles: learning should be lifelong, adult learning should be life-wide and learning should be learner-centred.  In Perth and Kinross we provide a wide range of community based learning opportunities for adults and families.

The Community Learning and Development Plan 2015-18 sets out the  range of learning opportunities we provide to young people, families, adults and communities across Perth and Kinross.

Perth and Kinross is home to Perth College University of Highlands and Islands, which has its main Campus in Perth City, and Learning Centres across the area. The role of Perth College/UHI as a key partner in delivering economic and social transformation in Perth and Kinross is described in its Vision 2021 Strategic Plan, which sets out to work with employers, within secondary and primary schools to enhance vocational education pathways.

We recognise Gaelic as an integral part of our heritage, local identity and cultural life, and we have a Gaelic Language Plan for 2018-2022 which sets out our ambition to grow Gaelic.  Gaelic language opportunities are available for early years to adult in community, school and workplace settings across the area.

Support to help people into work is provided by a wide range of Community Planning Partners, including Skills Development Scotland, Department for Work for Pensions, Perth and Kinross Council and Perth College University of Highlands and Islands, as well as 3rd Sector organisations.

Communities are additionally supported and empowered through our Local Action Partnerships and participatory budgeting initiatives, where residents decide how public money will be spent.  Our track record of engaging communities in major initiatives such as the bid for Perth to be UK City of Culture 2021 is equally strong.

What’s next and what difference will it make?

As a partnership we have identified the following priorities to develop educated responsible and informed citizens. These are:-

1. High quality learning.


Our children, young people and their families will be meaningfully engaged with learning, and combined with high quality learning experiences, all children and young people will extend their potential.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • An improvement in children and young people’s attainment in literacy and numeracy and the gaps between the most and least deprived areas will have reduced.
  • Improved information, services and targeted support for children and families as a result of our Parenting Strategy.
  • A commitment to developing the learning experience for children and young people accessing Gaelic Medium Education.
  • A Health and Wellbeing Strategy, contributed to by children and families, leading to improved health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • A strengthened the partnership with schools and Skills Development Scotland to embed the Career Education Standard in the curriculum.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • At least 96% of young people progressing to a positive destination on leaving school.
  • Targeted use of the Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) to help deliver better outcomes for children and young people in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
  • A review of Inclusion Services providing a more effective and efficient delivery model for all children and young people.
  • The Strengthening Families Programme embedded in localities with an increase in the number of groups.

2. Finding and sustaining employment.


Ensuring young people and adults develop the skills they need, to find and sustain employment, as the best means of avoiding poverty and the best route out of poverty.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • More employers offering work based activities to young people experiencing barriers to employment or at risk of a negative destination.
  • More employers supporting work related learning – Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Level Apprenticeships.
  • A range of accredited achievement awards delivered to young people with a focus on those experiencing inequalities.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • Mentoring by small business owners to help young people at risk of a negative destination become work ready.
  • A continued rise in the numbers of young people entering work with access to high quality training and qualifications, directly from school.
  • An increase in the number of Social Enterprises across Perth and Kinross.
  • Re-designed services at a local level supporting more people into employment, education or training, particularly those adults experiencing significant inequalities.
  • New approaches to adult learning using digital technology.

By 2027/2028 there will be:-

  • More young people and their influencers who understand the local economy and what skills employers expect; and they can access this information digitally.

3. Community participation.


Ensuring communities can participate in local democratic decision making and local asset transfer so that local public services are designed, delivered and monitored with full community engagement and involvement.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • Increased community participation in decision making and community capacity at a local level, with support from Local Action Partnerships and Stronger Communities Team.
  • A new Perth and Kinross wide Volunteering Strategy to support participation, active citizenship and community cohesion.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • An increase in local people actively involved in communities and local decision making.
  • An increase in the number of community groups owning or leasing physical assets currently owned by public services.

By 2027/2028 there will be:

  • A sustainable network of vibrant community groups across Perth and Kinross.


Outcome Delivery Groups

The Children, Young People & Families Partnership  and Economy and Lifelong Learning Group are the Outcome Delivery Groups responsible for planning and overseeing actions which support the delivery of this strategic objective.

Supporting Strategies 

Perth and Kinross Council’s Community Asset Policy sets out a process how they will support community groups to explore new opportunities in owning land and buildings.

Curriculum for Excellence is the Scottish Government’s lifelong learning strategy which aims to ensure that everyone develops the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need for life, learning and work. The curriculum is all the experiences that are planned for learners to support the development of these skills.

Developing our Young Workforce aims to help employers shape their future workforce.

Perth College UHI: Vision 2021 is the Strategic Plan for 2016-21.

Raising Attainment Strategy 2016-19 outlines the vision, priorities and expected outcomes of Perth & Kinross Education and Children’s Services in raising educational attainment and achievement for all young people, and in closing the attainment gap between children and young people living in our most and least deprived communities.

 Perth and Kinross Council Gaelic Language Plan 2012-2017 sets out the Councils vision for the Gaelic language for our area

Community Learning and Development Plan 2015-2018 sets out the CPPs plan for Community Learning and Development with the aim to empower people, individually and collectively, to make positive changes in their lives, and in their communities, through learning.

Performance and Data

The report Attainment in Perth and Kinross Schools 2016 presents a summary analysis of pupil attainment for academic session 2015/2016 in Perth and Kinross, specifically in relation to Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) progress with learning and achievement in P1, P4, P7 and S3, and attainment at SCQF levels 5, 6 and 7 in secondary years S4, S5 and S6.

Evidence2Success is a Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership (CPP) project that aims to enhance the safe and healthy development of children and young people in Perth and Kinross.

The Skills Development Scotland report on School Leaver Destinations focuses on the results of the 2014-15 school leaver destinations follow up which shows the characteristics of all leavers from publicly funded secondary schools, and the destination in which they are reported as at April 2016.

In keeping with national guidance, Perth and Kinross CPC publishes an annual CPC Standards and Quality Report which presents an annual high level overview of our inter-agency child protection activities.

Useful Links

Adult and Family Learning are a team of Adult Learning, Adult Literacy and Adult ICT and Family Learning workers who work with adults and families to make positive changes in their lives.

Gaelic in Perth and Kinross develops and supports our Gaelic-speaking population as well as learners and parents alike.

Schools and Learning in Perth and Kinross gives details of school related information.

Perth College UHI gives details of courses and facilities.


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