Review of Family Learning – museums urged to participate

Scotland’s museum sector has a proud tradition of complementing formal and informal education across all age groups.  Much work has been done through the years to examine the best means of enhancing that role.

Education Scotland the Government agency whose purpose is to support quality and improvement in education is currently undertaking a review of family learning.  They have created a short survey to establish what works well in Scotland, identify examples of best practice from across the county as well as gaps that may exist.

What is ‘Family Learning’?

Family learning has been identified as a key driver for change in the Scottish Government’s 2016 ‘National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan‘. It supports improved educational attainment for children by challenging cycles of social deprivation and reaching out to some of our most disadvantaged communities.

Family learning can achieve this by helping Scottish parents to make the most of the available opportunities to support learning for their children.  In doing so, it is hoped that this will act as a catalyst to improved skills and knowledge that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Museums are perfectly placed to make a significant contribution to family learning.  That is why we are urging the sector to respond to the survey so we can help build a better picture of service provision across Scotland.

How to take part

MGS will be submitting general comments as part of the survey.  However, it is the specific examples of your own practice that will be most valuable to Education Scotland.  The survey should only take around 15 minutes to complete and is open until Monday 11 September.

To take part, simply click on the link here.

Do let MGS know when you have completed the survey and what you have reported – we would love to hear from you!  You can keep in touch by emailing

The findings will be used to help Education Scotland take forward the commitments in the Scottish Government’s Improvement Plan.  Ensuring that the role of museums is considered as part of this process will help ensure our sector is incorporated into family learning programmes, so we would encourage you to take part.

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