Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2022

Learning pathways: Senior Phase design

What is this?

​A workshop process to support groups of partners to work together with schools to co-design and co-deliver a wider range of pathways and courses for young people in the senior phase.

Who is this for?

Those involved in planning and delivering the senior phase curriculum, for example: school leaders, CLD partners, college and university partners, employers, Skills Development Scotland, young people and parents, and DYW regional groups. It can also be used to support the thinking of groups of teachers, lecturers and practitioners.

​Explore this exemplar


PDF file: Introduction to SPDG workshop (81 KB)

PDF file: Process diagrams (885 KB)

PDF file: Persona tools (9 MB)

PDF file: 'How might we' statements (952 KB)

PDF file: 'How might we' themes (94 KB)

PDF file: Concept cards (467 KB)

PDF file: Storyboards and background card (588 KB)

PDF file: Action plans (104 KB)

Word file: Curriculum planning - West Lothian Council (760 KB)

Design Process Workshop 1 - a process to support collaborative curriculum design and planning

The process aims to:

  • discover more about the issues, problems and existing opportunities related to the senior phase;
  • define core themes, issues and opportunities to focus on;
  • develop potential solutions to address these issues.

Begin by reading the introductory document. This outlines the tools and methods used in the process to support discussion and collaborative planning. Each one is explained in more detail in separate documents. Also included is an example of how the workshop process was used to support a partnership planning session led by the Inclusion and Wellbeing Service in West Lothian Council.

Senior phase design - case studies of interesting practice

Craigroyston Community High School – learning pathways tailored to meet individual needs and aspirations

Govan High School – pre-apprenticeship training programme

Dalziel High School – partnership working supporting vocational qualifications and pathways to engineering

Reflective questions

  • To what extent are learning pathways flexible and tailored to the individual needs of young people to enable them to make the best possible progress and support them into sustained positive destinations?
  • To what extent is collaborative curriculum planning with partners leading to new pathways and customised programmes for different groups of young people? Is it enabling young people to progress smoothly though coherent senior phase pathways which may involve a mix of school, college and work-related provision?
  • How do you involve young people and parents to ensure they have a good understanding of the different pathways available and how they can meet different needs and aspirations?
  • How do your plans address equality issues and help close the attainment gap?