OPPORTUNITY: Education Recovery Youth Panel

Project Information

ūüéā 9 to 18 years old
ūüďÖ October - June 2021
 Anywhere in Scotland, based on Zoom (Online) for now. 

Travel, food and accommodation will be paid for when we return to the Young Scot office.

About the Panel

Young Scot, in partnership with Children in Scotland, is looking for 15 young people from across Scotland, from different cultures and communities, to be part of the Education Recovery Youth Panel.  

The Panel will‚ÄĮhelp¬†shape Scottish Government‚Äôs COVID-19 education recovery work, ensuring¬†young people from a range of backgrounds and experiences¬†are included¬†in‚ÄĮthe¬†Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plans for education.¬†

What is the COVID-19 Education Recovery work?  

The Scottish Government has brought¬†together decision makers and key influencers to ensure that childcare, early learning and education¬†keeps a strong focus on excellence and equity for all, within the constraints of the COVID-19 response. They have set up the¬†‚ÄėEducation Recovery Group‚Äô¬†to¬†provide leadership and advice to¬†Scottish Government¬†Ministers and local government leaders in developing the strategic approach to the response and recovery of the education system. The group is chaired by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister¬†and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, MSP.¬†

The Education Recovery Youth Panel will ensure young people’s experiences and hopes are heard at the heart of the decision-making process around Scotland’s educational response to COVID-19, allowing children and young people to influence the steps that are taken to plan for the future of education in Scotland. 

About the project‚ÄĮ¬†

You‚Äôll join a team of young people,¬†supported by Young Scot¬†and Children in Scotland,‚ÄĮto‚ÄĮensure¬†children and¬†young people are involved in informing the¬†work of the Scottish Government Education Recovery Group.¬†

You will be empowered to lead on this process, working alongside and engaging in conversations with Young Scot’s #YSHive team, Children in Scotland, Scottish Government and other key organisations to bring together the vision for Education Recovery in Scotland.   

The Youth Leadership Panel will review progress, share insights and ideas in response to key issues identified by the Scottish Government and young people, deliver recommendations to Scottish Government and ensure the rights and needs of young people are at the heart of these next steps. 

About the Education Recovery Youth Panel 

Joining the‚ÄĮEducation Recovery Youth Panel‚ÄĮmeans you will be joining‚ÄĮa supportive and inclusive team, with opportunities to‚ÄĮlearn‚ÄĮa range of skills,‚ÄĮmeet new people from across Scotland,‚ÄĮtake part in training,‚ÄĮand‚ÄĮdevelop confidence in yourself.‚ÄĮ¬†

No‚ÄĮspecial‚ÄĮexperience or‚ÄĮskills are‚ÄĮnecessary‚ÄĮto take part, and you don‚Äôt need to know anything about¬†educational recovery.¬†

A‚ÄĮdedicated Young Scot staff member will support you throughout‚ÄĮyour volunteering experience.‚ÄĮ¬†

We are happy to make‚ÄĮreasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and‚ÄĮthere will be an opportunity when you apply to tell us about any support or adjustments you need to contribute fully.‚ÄĮ¬†

We will ensure we are a safe and trusted place for you to volunteer. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our volunteering projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity,‚ÄĮparenting and caring responsibilities,‚ÄĮrace, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.‚ÄĮ¬†

What will you do on this project?‚ÄĮ¬†

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this project will take place online for the foreseeable future. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still apply if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ¬†

The¬†Education Recovery Youth Panel will¬†meet‚ÄĮevery¬†4-6 weeks¬†for workshops‚ÄĮwith Young Scot¬†and Children in Scotland¬†where you will take part in small group activities and discussions about the issues at hand.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮThere may also be some additional opportunities offered as part of the project.¬†

You will have the opportunity to take part in regular video calls with members of the Education Recovery Group, supported by the Scottish Government, for the Youth Panel to engage directly with decisionmakers. 

As a #YSHive‚ÄĮvolunteer you will‚ÄĮsometimes be‚ÄĮinvited to join‚ÄĮextra workshops and activities with Young Scot on different topics, but these are optional.‚ÄĮ¬†

Sign up 

If you would like to be part of‚ÄĮthe¬†Education Recovery¬†Youth Panel,‚ÄĮthen you can¬†apply online via SurveyGizmo‚ÄĮor using the application form below. Applications must be submitted¬†by the¬†8th November 2020.

We will also accept verbal applications made using video or voice recording over the phone. We‚Äôre happy to make reasonable adjustments and provide other additional¬†support to help you apply. Please contact‚ÄĮYSHive@young.scot‚ÄĮto arrange this or request the application in another format.‚ÄĮ¬†

Next Steps‚ÄĮ¬†

After you‚Äôve‚ÄĮapplied,‚ÄĮwe will invite you along to a‚ÄĮTaster & Selection‚ÄĮWorkshop on Zoom on¬†12th¬†November 2020 from¬†4pm to 6.30pm.‚ÄĮThis is to give you a taste of¬†what‚ÄĮvolunteering¬†with¬†#YSHive¬†might be like, and for us to meet‚ÄĮyou.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ¬†

If you can‚Äôt attend, we will arrange a phone or video call with you.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ¬†

If we have more applicants than there are spots on the¬†Education Recovery Youth Panel, we will also reflect on how things went at the Taster & Selection Day to‚ÄĮmake a decision‚ÄĮabout who to invite to join the¬†Panel.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ¬†

Successful applicants will be invited to an induction day which will be confirmed following the Taster & Selection workshop.  


Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this session - we're happy to help! 

More information 

We'll ensure this session is a safe and trusted place for you to participate. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

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