A case study of Craigroyston Community High School’s innovative approach to the redesign of their whole curriculum through the broad general education (BGE) and senior phase, aimed at meeting the needs and improving the life chances and employability opportunities of all their learners
Headteachers, senior leaders and practitioners in the secondary sector.
This exemplar could be used to stimulate ideas and professional discussion around curriculum development aimed at improving focus on Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and employability skills as well as closing the gap and improving partnerships and transitions.
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The school involved all of their staff in redesigning their senior phase and then their BGE in order to tailor the curriculum more to the needs of all of their young people and provide a more egalitarian and inclusive approach. The vision was established that for all young people stay on to S6 and leave with expertise, qualifications, a portfolio of skills and knowledge of the job market.
A DYW development officer was appointed, Links were made with Chamber of Commerce and a range of business partnerships and pre-apprenticeship courses were established. New vocational courses were established which build on staff skills and expertise
The headteacher arrived at the school knowing the challenges young people faced in this context and with a vision for a curriculum which would meet the needs of every young person. The challenge was to provide a curriculum more tailored to individual needs and one which prepared all its young people to experience success in the world of work.
The curriculum has become much more inclusive and focused on the needs of all young people, providing academic as well as vocational routes to employment. The range of positive impacts include: