Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2021

DYW – Interesting Practice: A whole school approach to enterprise and employability education - Bonhill Primary

What is this?

​This exemplar outlines some of the projects that helped Bonhill Primary school become one of the finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2016 in the category ‘Enterprise and employability'. Headteacher Maria Seery pursued a vision for future pathways for learners that gave staff, parents and businesses the impetus to provide exciting, wide-ranging opportunities for learners to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial mind sets.

Who is this for?

​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.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

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:

  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extend are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work related experiences for learners, the delivery of skills and qualifications as well as prospective career opportunities?


Powerpoint file: Enterprise and employability (3.5 MB)

Explore this exemplar

The school organised activities that allowed children and young people across all stages to enhance their skills for learning , life and work. These included:

  • a school uniform recycling scheme
  • the design of the school’s own tartan and the production of a tartan school uniform (young enterprise activity)
  • a ‘Buds’ project that sold home-grown produce to the community
  • a stationary tuck shop
  • work placements in the school canteen
  • an ‘egg production’ from their school hens including an advertising campaign developed in conjunction with Radio Clyde/Bauer Media, and many more initiatives.

The following initiatives were showcased on Scotland’s Enterprising Schools website: