DYW Interesting Practice – Craigroyston Community High School: Helping young people realise their aspirations

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.

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.  For more information on the curriculum design in the school access the following documents:

Listen to Steve, his staff and pupils talk about the structure, content and impact of the school’s approach to career education.

You can download a summary sheet of the schools approaches to career education here: Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Craigroyston CHS

As part of this agenda the school offers a pre-apprenticeship programme that allows senior pupils to engage in year-long structured work experience placements with local businesses. 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. More information including a video clip here.

Craigroyston’s curriculum offer is having a positive impact.  Staying on rates and attendance figures have both improved significantly, there are now very few exclusions and overall attainment is rising.

Watch the video and Steve Ross – Reflections of a HT (Craigroyston) PowerPoint presentation to find out more about Steve’s vision for the school and the alignment of his work with the Scottish Attainment Challenge.   A case study of Craigroyston Community High School’s innovative approach to the redesign of their whole curriculum can be found on the National Improvement Hub.

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