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Aberdeen Learning Strategy 2009: 'What do we want for our children/learners?' - CLOSED 3 JULY 2009


Aberdeen Learning Strategy – Introduction

A sound education opens doors, not just to positive employment opportunities, but also to the enjoyment of art and culture and the stretching of imagination and horizons. It also provides information to enable children, young people and adults to make informed lifestyle choices about, for example, their health and about their journey through life and work.

Aberdeen City Council delivers a wide range of services so that people can take part in learning, sport and cultural activities. These include our early years services, schools, libraries, museums, community and leisure centres.

We want to develop a single learning strategy to explain how we think we should develop and improve our learning services over the coming years. This Aberdeen Learning Strategy, which is a draft, sets out our vision for learning, our priorities to deliver this vision as well as explaining the challenges we face.

We have already started to deliver this vision and have achieved a lot. We are ambitious and know we have to do more for our children, young people and our communities. Our draft Aberdeen Learning Strategy explains how we wish to continue our journey over the next 10 years and it is important that people help us to develop this Strategy by commenting on it and suggesting ideas for improvement of services. It is likely that for improvement to take place we will need to make changes to services and how we deliver them.

As part of supporting your engagement this web site has been set up.  The site is intended to be updated with information as necessary, so please check it regularly.  This site includes the following documents:

The Storyboards, mentioned above, are a concise way of setting out the draft Aberdeen Learning Strategy, and provide more information about each of our eight priorities, including why each is considered a priority; what has been done already; and what needs to be done in the future to ensure that we continue to deliver the best learning services possible for the people of Aberdeen.

For more information on the consultation & engagement process please see Section 6 of the draft Strategy.

Listening meetings

As part of the consultation & engagement programme we are hosting 19 public consultation events, 12 of which are in schools.

Associated School Group Date  Venue  Consultation Presentations 
Aberdeen Grammar School  3 June  Gilcomstoun Primary School   
Bankhead Academy  2 June  Newhills Primary School  
Bridge of Don Academy  1 June  Scotstown Primary School  
Cults Academy  16 June  Cults Academy   
Dyce Academy  26 May  Dyce Academy   
Harlaw Academy  25 May  Kaimhill Community Centre  
Hazlehead Academy  27 May  Hazlehead Primary School  
Kincorth Academy  15 June  Kincorth Academy   
Northfield Academy  18 May  Smithfield Primary School   
Oldmachar Academy  12 May  Oldmachar Academy
St Machar Academy  13 May Woodside Primary School  
Torry Academy  8 June  Tullos Primary School  
 City Wide 17 June  Beach Ballroom   
Denominational (Roman Catholic)  9 June   Harlaw Academy* (Please note new venue)  
Additional Support Needs  10 June  Sunnybank School  

All Meetings will run from 7-9pm.

At these listening meetings, members of the public will receive further information about the draft Learning Strategy and, more importantly, have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and make suggestions about how education should be delivered in their community.

It should be noted that the capacity at each venue is limited and the additional event on 17 June is for anyone unable to attend one of the earlier events at a specific school.  Should it prove necessary, additional events will be arranged.

There will be separate opportunities for teaching and support staff as well as pupils and other learners to hear about the draft Strategy and contribute to the consultation & engagement process.

We are also inviting the submission of comments, views and ideas during the period of the consultation & engagement in writing to:

  • John Tomlinson
    Corporate Director, Culture & Learning
    Aberdeen City Council,
    3rd Floor, Summerhill Centre
    Stronsay Drive
    Aberdeen, AB15 6JA
    By email to:

All submissions will be automatically acknowledged. However individual responses to submissions will only be given where specific questions are asked but not in the case of the submission of a comment or opinion.

All comments, opinions and ideas will be considered and reflected in the Report on the Aberdeen Learning Strategy which will be presented to the Education Committee in September 2009.

Councillors will decide on any proposals concerning specific schools which will subsequently proceed to Statutory Consultation. Final decisions are likely to be made by Councillors in January, with the implementation for the new school session in August 2010.

For any general questions about the consultation & engagement process, or requests for documentation, please contact:

Aberdeen Learning Strategy Questionnaire - CLOSED