Last Updated: Friday, December 13, 2019

DYW Interesting practice: Junior Adventure Leader - Castlebrae Community High School

What is this?

​This exemplar outlines an 8 week programme that helps learners in S2 to gain valuable experiences, skills and qualifications in relation to the world of work​.​ Delivered in partnership with a number or organisations this PSHE course component provides learner with ​the opportunities to develop a wide variety of employability and career management skills as well as key attributes and dispositions to better prepare them for the world of work.​​​

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.

This is one component of a wider whole school strategy on career education that aims to inspire and prepare learners for future pathways and the world of work.

The following will outline the programme in more detail:

Download (s)

Word file: Castlebrae Community High School (51 KB)

PowerPoint presentation: Embedding health and wellbeing in Personal and Social Education (2.3 MB)

Link to junior adventure leader video on Vimeo

The following documents provide materials in support of the delivery of an SQA employability award:

Word file: Pupil Booklet (1.2 MB)

PowerPoint presentation: Steps to work - Unit 1 (2.7 MB)

PowerPoint presentation: Steps to work - Unit 2 (2.5 MB)

PowerPoint presentation: Steps to work - Unit 3 (3.8 MB)

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What was done?

The Junior Adventure Leader is a 8 week initiative aimed at providing learners with a variety of experiences that enhances their career management skills and links their learning directly to the world of work. We created a partnership with Foxlake Scotland who provide one of the 4 units from the Steps to Work SFLW course over an 8 week period. This combined with the 3 other Employability Units (completed in PSHE) provide a level 4 qualification in S2.

What was the impact?

As a result of this initiative the attendance, confidence and resilience of learners within this cohort improved significantly and young people engaged very well with the programme on offer. This lead to the enhancement of employability skills, providing certification in a number of areas including Steps to Work and work placement at a level 4. This provides learners of S2 with an additional 40 tariff points on completion. Parents and staff who were invited to see the outcome of the 8 week initiative presented to them by the young people themselves were overwhelmed with their progress.

We also had a clear strategy to increase attainment through providing every child in S2 the opportunity to achieve a level 4 qualification.