1 May 2019
Why choice matters
Comment from John Edward, Director at the Scottish Council of Independent Schools:
“The Herald recently reported on findings by Reform Scotland that reveal a sharp reduction in the number of National 4 and 5s available in many of Scotland’s local authority schools, thereby narrowing subject choice for children.
“But why is subject choice so important? Having an interest in a subject makes the learning process enjoyable, promoting greater enthusiasm and interest in studying.
“Many students are unsure of their desired career path and therefore it is important for schools to offer a wide range of subject choices, giving young people more options when it comes to leaving school.
“That’s why Scotland’s independent schools pride themselves on the variety of subjects they offer and work hard to ensure the independent curriculum is accessible to as many young people across Scotland as is possible through the provision of fee assistance.
“In the last academic year, independent schools in Scotland have provided in excess of £51 million in fee assistance demonstrating the sector’s absolute commitment to widening access to curriculum choice in Scotland.
“The ethos of independent education is a broad cross-curricular approach to education, giving every student the wisest preparation for, and interest in, life. That’s why independent schools will continue to offer the widest possible subject choice to help prepare children for their futures and arm them with the skills and disciplines required to succeed in their futures, whatever that might be.”