“The main driver of our ‘Developing Young People in Scotland’ portfolio of activity is ensuring young people have the opportunities, through their education, to be empowered to be the difference they want to see; to be active citizens and contributors now and in the future.
“We want young people to be able to think for themselves and be committed to building a better world than the one that they are inheriting; armed with the skills, learning and inspiration to be the innovators of their generation.
“We talk a lot about the ‘new normal’. I can certainly relate to the clamour for some semblance of normality. Yet, I find myself increasingly wondering whether what we hope of this ‘new normal’ is actually acting on everything we already knew could be done differently or better but never previously had the space, time or imperative through which to shift the envelope.
“In times of upheaval, challenges are far better shared. Collaboration, which requires honesty, trust, and openness, is key in developing creative solutions. Our learning and relationships with partners and stakeholders play a big part in our thinking.
“This is a pivotal, generation-defining, moment and how we harness this opportunity will be vitally important.
“Our schools-based programmes immediately adapted to continue to meaningfully support our partners during lockdown. These delivery models will continue to evolve, providing solutions which are proactive and a value-add reflective of the ever-changing landscape.