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Leaders of Learning - A Curriculum for Excellence Project

Leaders of Learning is a national Scottish Government programme leading culture change in schools by putting children and young people at the heart of their learning, and supporting them to achieve their full potential. The Leaders of Learning vision is that all children and young people across Scotland will be effectively included within the education system to become leaders of their own learning.

Leaders of Learning is underpinned by a rights-based approach, ensuring that there is a clear connection between children and young people’s entitlements and the lived experience of rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

The project is also an excellent case study on how partnership working can make the best use of skills across organisations, and collaboration across the third and public sectors.  With funding from the Scottish Government, Children in Scotland, Young Scot and Scottish Youth Parliament have been working in partnership to develop and deliver LoL since 2013.  

Phase 1

The main objective of Leaders of Learning Phase 1 was understand the barriers and facilitators to implementation of CfE from children and young people’s perspectives. Four high schools and five primary schools, including a special school, participated in the project. The following three key themes emerged from the engagement work with children and young people;

  • Emotional wellbeing of children and young people and the impact of this on learning
  • Involving children and young people in planning around teaching and learning
  • Digital literacy and skills as an integral part of learning

Click here to read the Phase 1 Leaders of Learning report 

Phase 2

Leaders of Learning Phase 2 built on the themes of Phase One, aiming to make these themes part of practice in teaching and learning across Scotland, through developing and testing out participative approaches within classroom and school wide settings. A National Summit Day brought together over 90 children and young people with 72 delegates from Scottish Government, local authorities, schools and the third sector.  

Click here to read blog post by Evelyn Wilkins from GTC Scotland who attended the National Summit day

Resources created in Phase 2: 

Click here to watch our film One Day- Leaders of Learning- Kirn from phase 2 of the project 

Click here to watch our film Planning our Learning- A guide to including us from phase 2 of the project 

Phase 3

In Phase three the partners are continuing to test and refine the methods developed in Phase 2, and work towards the creation of a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the impact the Leader of Learning approach has on pupils, teachers and schools.  

For more information about this project please contact Jacqueline Cassidy at