The results of a consultation on the future of education in Argyll and Bute have been published.

Hundreds of people took part in the Argyll and Bute Council questionnaire between December and February on "Our Children, Their Future".

The local authority asked for "feedback to help refresh" their vision for education. They said this will help them shape the future of their services for children and young people.

There were 661 responses to the online form and 64 responses from group sessions, said the council.

Staff, parents and carers and pupils all reviewed the existing strategy but they also admitted it wasn't clear.

The interactive results form, which shows only two pages, states: "Lots of people said that it was difficult to understand some of the words in the document and there were lots of ideas for how to make this easier for everyone to understand.

"Now we are going to use all of this information to refresh the vision document so everyone can understand and use it."

The council said some of the priorities identified were "learning life skills", a "love and respect for the outdoors", "being respectful" and "self-improvement".

There are currently six values underpinning the education system: Raise educational attainment and achievement for all, use performance information to secure improvement for children and young people, and ensure children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.

The other values are equip young people to secure and sustain positive destinations and achieve success in life, ensure high quality partnership working and community engagement and strengthen leadership at all levels.

Councillor Audrey Forrest, policy lead for education, said: “Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the consultation and for all of your valuable feedback.

"Your voice matters and will help shape Argyll and Bute’s education service for young people and children now and for future generations. Our priority is to ensure that our children and young people benefit from an education service that works for every pupil.

"Ensuring children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed is central to everything we deliver in education and I’m pleased that so many of you agree with this core theme.

"Our new vision will determine how we deliver our services and how we work together, in partnership to secure the best outcomes for young people across Argyll and Bute.”

The council say they will work with pupils and parents on a final refreshed vision. Councillors will consider it early in 2025.