In order to provide the best possible pathways for learners, Craigroyston Community High School has fully embraced the DYW agenda and designed a twenty-first century curriculum for learning, life and work - providing all leaners with the opportunity to explore career pathways leading to positive and sustained destinations.
This exemplar will be useful for practitioners involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) agenda.
It supports professional reflections around the
Career Education and
Work Placements Standards as well as
School / Employer Partnerships.
This exemplar aims to inspire reflective thinking by practitioners engaged in curriculum development.
You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:
Word file: Craigroyston Community High School (58 KB)
PDF file: Curriculum rationale (230 KB)
PDF file: Learner review sheet (80 KB)
PDF file: Senior courses (38 KB)
PowerPoint presentation: Steve Ross - Reflections of a Headteacher (253 KB)
Headteacher Steve Ross placed a strong emphasis on employability when redesigning the curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. The school vision includes the following statement:
“The school will ensure every young person leaves Craigroyston at the end of S6 with a portfolio of qualifications, skills, experiences and a knowledge of the job market so that they can enter a sustained, positive destination of further/higher education, apprenticeship or employment.”
This vision is underpinned by a culture of high aspirations and fostering a ‘can do’ attitude that both staff and pupils buy into.
In order to enhance learners’ employability and career management skills, the senior phase timetable allows learners to select from a wide range of work related courses to work in industry, undertake apprenticeships or employment. On successful completion of their placements, the pupils go on to a guaranteed full-time Modern Apprenticeship with their prospective employer. This unique partnership between Craigroyston CHS and a number of local employers from across the city has received special recognition from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Watch the videos on YouTube to hear staff and pupils talk about the structure, content and impact of the school’s approach to career education.
Clip 1: Developing Skills to realise aspirationsClip 2: Pre-Apprenticeship Programme: Planning and implementation
Information on the
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)programme including the Career Education Standard, the Work Placements Standard and Employer Partnership guidance.
A summary of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) resources.