Schools

The Commissioner's office has published research that relates to schools in a variety of different ways.

Schools publications

Submission to the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee on Petition PE1319— Improving youth football in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, May 2015.This submission to the Public Petitions Committee consists of:

  • a child rights impact assessment on the registration process for youth football in Scotland from a rights perspective
  • a research report exploring the views of young players.

Read the submission.

See an infographic of young people's views on youth football in Scotland.

How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment

Dr Greg Mannion, Matthew Sowerby & John I'Anson, February 2015. This research report draws on interviews with young people at seven schools to see if participation is associated with raised achievement and attainment.

Read How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment.

See an infographic of young people's views around the research.

Learning lessons: young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and Save the Children, June 2014. This joint study examines young people's views on how to better support young people experiencing poverty to achieve at school.

Download a PDF of Learning lessons: young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland.

Download a PDF of the survey results associated with the report.

Building schools better outcomes

September 2009. Guidance for local authorities and others interested in building better schools in, and with the community. It seeks to help local authorities, community representatives and other public agencies think through their involvement in school building projects, with children and young people included appropriately in the process. This guidance was developed by the Schools in the Community Group convened by the Commissioner.

Download a PDF of Building schools better outcomes.

Administration of Medicines research

The Commissioner’s Strategic Plan identifies disabled children and young people as a main focus of the office’s research.

The administration of medicines and healthcare procedures in schools has been identified as an area of particular concern by:

  • children and young people with disabilities
  • parents
  • professionals with experience of current practice.

Because of this, the Commissioner began a range of research into the administration of medicines in schools. This research included surveys and focus groups.

The full research consists of:

‘No barriers to medication at school’– the administration of medicines and health care procedures in Schools: the views of parents and carers

Kelly Stone with Sarah Doyle, August 2013. The key aim of this study was to find out the views of parents and carers of children and young people who need medication at school. It looks in particular on the impact current practice has on school and family life.

Read ‘No barriers to medication at school’– the administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: the views of parents and carers.

The administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: findings from a survey of schools

Becki Lancaster, August 2013. This small-scale study explores policy and practice in schools through a survey of 300 schools across a sample of nine local authorities.

Read The administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: findings from a survey of schools.

The administration of medicines in schools: report on FOI responses

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, October 2012. This paper reports on responses to a Freedom of Information request carried out by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People to explore how far current guidance on the administration of medicines in schools is being met and to gain an insight into current policies and practice.

Read The administration of medicines in schools: report on FOI responses.

Flushed with Success? research

Flushed with Success? is the Commissioner's campaign to call for new standards for toilets in Scotland's schools.

Read the research that informed the campaign.