The Scottish Government is conducting a National Discussion into the future of Scottish education with the aim of hearing from the widest possible range of voices and views. The purpose of the National Discussion is to inform wide-ranging plans, including the creation of three new education bodies and a review of qualifications and assessment.

As part of this, The Scottish Network for Able Pupils  and Potential Plus UK together hosted an online session on 16th November for parents and carers of young people with high learning potential. Thank you to everyone who took part. One of the co-facilitators of the National Discussion, Dr Alma Harris¹, joined the session to explain its context and listen to parents’ views. There was an opportunity for parents to share their ideas about how Scottish education could best meet the educational and wellbeing needs of high potential learners in the future. The aim is for the co-facilitators² to ensure all views, including those of parents and carers, are listened to and included in the National Discussion.

There is still time for parents and carers in Scotland to have their say and share their views by emailing

They can also follow #TalkScottishEducation on Twitter or Instagram to keep up with the discussion.

The discussion will conclude on 5th December 2022. The Scottish Government advises that they will be reporting back in Spring 2023 on the vision that has been informed by this discussion.

¹Dr Alma Harris is Emeritus Professor Swansea University and Professor at Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, Cardiff Metropolitan University

²The co-facilitator is Carol Campbell, Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

Julie Taplin
Chief Executive
Potential Plus UK